‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Sarah Drew and Jesse Williams Tease April Kepner and Jackson Avery’s Season 17 Reunion on Instagram

It’s been quite the week for Grey’s Anatomy fans. The Shondaland medical drama lost a beloved character at the end of the season 17 spring premiere. But a day later, ABC confirmed another cast member will return in a new episode. Then Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery) and Sarah Drew (April Kepner) officially reunited on the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 set. So now, fans are hoping to watch more Japril scenes in the future.

How did ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ end April Kepner (Sarah Drew) and Jackson Avery’s (Jesse Williams) story?

Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner hugging in the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 14 finale, “All of Me”
Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 14 | Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

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There’s no denying that April and Jackson had a romance worth fighting for on Grey’s Anatomy. But in the end, the couple divorced and went their separate ways. April left the show at the end of Grey’s Anatomy Season 14. The character quit her job at Grey Sloan Memorial to provide medical care for homeless communities. She also married Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening) before her exit.

Now, it seems April and Jackson are friends on Grey’s Anatomy. The exes co-parent their daughter, Harriet Kepner-Avery, together. But there are no developments with the relationship since Drew is no longer on the show. Meanwhile, Jackson is currently in a friends-with-benefits relationship with Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington).

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars Sarah Drew and Jesse Williams post together on Instagram

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In the first half of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, the Shondaland series brought fan-favorites Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd) and T.R. Knight (George O’Malley) back from the dead — sort of. The two characters reunited with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) in a dream state. Now, viewers can look forward to another big reunion.

On March 12, Deadline reported that Drew will return as April in an upcoming episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. The publication did not specify when the cameo will happen or why the character is coming back. But many fans hoped to see April with Jackson again.

Meanwhile, Drew and Williams teased their Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 reunion on Instagram. On March 16, Williams shared a video of himself entering a vehicle on his way to work. Then suddenly, Drew popped up in the back. The onscreen exes beamed at the camera. 

Later, Drew shared a selfie alongside Williams on her own Instagram account. “Nbd. Not excited at all,” Drew captioned the pic with a string of heart emojis.

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When Williams and Drew shared their reunion on Instagram, many Grey’s Anatomy fans were excited to see the actors behind April and Jackson together again. Many viewers also hoped Drew’s return could mean something special for Japril. But for now, everyone will just have to wait and see what unfolds on screen.

That said, it seems Williams believes there are more stories to tell when it comes to April and Jackson on Grey’s Anatomy

“They’re incredible together. I’m a fan, too,” Williams told Entertainment Tonight of April and Jackson. “I would love any opportunity to continue that story because they have it in droves. They have an ability to communicate and be vulnerable with each other and to push each other.”

Meanwhile, when speaking with Entertainment Tonight in November 2020, Drew hinted that she still thinks Jackson and April were meant to be endgame.

“Look, I’ve said this so many times. If it had been up to me, they would’ve been endgame,” Drew said. “But it’s not up to me.”

Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 airs Thursday nights on ABC.