‘Grey’s Anatomy’: People Actually Liked Owen Until He ‘Became the Very Thing He Hated’

Grey’s Anatomy is one of television’s longest-running primetime shows of all time, and although it has been on the air for over a decade, fans still love the characters and the stories represented in the series.

The show is full of heart, comedy, romance, and drama, and in spite of the fact that the main cast has undergone some serious shakeups over the years, viewers faithfully return for each successive season.

Still, fans have had issues with certain characters, and recently, they took to Reddit to discuss Owen Hunt, played by Kevin McKidd, and some of his problematic tendencies. 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is one of television’s most popular medical dramas

KEVIN MCKIDD as Owen on 'Grey's Anatomy'
KEVIN MCKIDD as Owen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Mitch Haaseth/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy premiered in 2005, changing the way that people everywhere looked at television medical dramas. Set in Seattle, the series follows the exploits of Dr. Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, and her team of friends and coworkers at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

At the beginning of the series, Meredith was a resident just starting out, and over the years, viewers have watched her become an experienced surgeon.

Not only has Grey’s Anatomy made Ellen Pompeo a star, but it has created massive fanbases for actors such as Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, and Kate Walsh. Critics as well as fans have commended the series on its commitment to medical accuracy, and showrunners have walked away with numerous awards, including a Golden Globe Award.

The series has also scored dozens of nominations for other awards over the years. Just like every other television series, Grey’s Anatomy has experienced ups and downs — but fans have ultimately always returned to the show for updates on all of their favorite characters. 

Who plays Owen on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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In 2008, a character named Owen Hunt joined Grey’s Anatomy. Played by Kevin McKidd, Owen became part of the regular cast in season five and has been a mainstay on the show ever since.

As Cristina Yang’s love interest, Owen is often torn between his personal and professional obligations and has been shown to suffer from PTSD due to his time spent as a U.S. Army trauma surgeon.

Kevin McKidd has received praise from fans for his work on the show and his chemistry with Sandra Oh is undeniable. Still, there are some viewers who have an issue with Owen’s personality quirks, and recently, some of those fans took to Reddit to break down the ways that he has changed over the years. 

Fans think that Owen is getting involved in too much drama

In the beginning, many fans loved Owen and his relationship with Cristina. Still, those same viewers have seen a big change in him in recent seasons, and not a welcome one.

“His first season he was great. Then the writers decided to make him into the biggest asshole they could find,” one fan posted on Reddit.

Another one stated that “the problem for me is that his writing gets really inconsistent in later seasons, which just turns him into someone horrible.”

One viewer pointed out that Owen has undergone a major personality change: “I liked him best when he was acting too quickly in the trauma bay and asked for advice from the other doctors when they had issues with the way he operated. And when he chastised everyone for being too involved in their own drama to be good doctors. Then he became the very thing he hated. Drama king.”

Owen Hunt’s future on Grey’s Anatomy is unclear – but if fans have their way, he could definitely be facing the prospect of reduced screen time on the series.