‘Grey’s Anatomy’: When Is April Kepner’s Return Date? Sarah Drew Tweets Teasers

Now that so many fan-favorite characters have come back to Grey’s Anatomy for season 17, many fans ask about April Kepner’s (Sarah Drew) return date. With only five episodes left, the surgeon has to appear at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital soon. Luckily, Drew weighed in on her return on social media before the April 15 Grey’s Anatomy episode.

Greys Anatomy return date for Sarah Drew as April Kepner with Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 14: Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey | Mitch Haaseth/Getty Images

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17: Sarah Drew reprises her role as April Kepner

Season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy brought back many fan-favorite characters. Viewers are hoping the next person to appear is April Kepner. She left the series in season 14 to pursue her passion for helping underserved communities in the Seattle, Washington area. April and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) divorced in season 12. However, they continued to share custody of their daughter, Harriet Kepner-Avery.

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Deadline reported Sarah Drew’s return on March 12. However, Grey’s Anatomy did not reveal a return date for April. When viewers last saw her, she married Matthew (Justin Bruening). However, many fans hope her return might reignite feelings between Jackson and April.

When does April come back to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’? Sarah Drew tweets about her return date

Sarah Drew tweeted about April Kepner’s return date to Grey’s Anatomy on April 15. 

“She’s not back tonight,” Drew tweeted in response to an excited fan hoping April 15 was her Grey’s Anatomy return date.

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However, the actor gave fans a little insight into when she will return. It won’t be a surprise.

“I promise I will promote the episode before it airs,” Drew tweeted to her fans.

She also indicated that she would “live tweet” during the Grey’s Anatomy episode when she returns. Plus, Camilla Luddington, who portrays Jo on the show, also added that she would promote Drew’s return. While neither actor gave a set date, they plan to provide viewers advance notice.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ next episode features Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd

April Kepner fans might be disappointed to know that Sarah Drew’s return date to Grey’s Anatomy is not April 22, either. In the promo for the next episode, Patrick Dempsey again returns to the beach with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

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“People love you, Meredith,” Derek tells his wife on the beach of her dreams. “People need you. You’re still fighting.”

Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode 13 is the fourth and final episode that Derek appears to Meredith in her unconscious state. So, April Kepner’s return date is one of the last four episodes of Grey’s Anatomy this season.