‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Which Alums Would Consider Coming Back to the Show?
Grey’s Anatomy has seen its share of cast member departures. Many characters were given the ultimate exit, often meeting with an untimely death. Longtime fans still mourn the loss of George, Lexie, Mark and the devastating demise of Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd.
But some members of the medical team that left Grey Sloan Memorial are still alive and well, and could potentially return to the hit ABC drama. Here are a few that viewers would love to see return.
Any hope for Japril getting back together?
When the character of April Kempner, played by Sarah Drew from 2009 to 2018, was pulled from the show last year, many fans were disappointed that Kempner and ex-husband Jackson Avery (played by Jesse Williams) never got their happy ending. She spoke to Entertainment Tonight last year about the shock of exiting and the sadness of saying goodbye to her character. “I’ve loved her and I’ve said thank you to her and I’ve enjoyed my journey being with her,” Drew said.
The potential of a Japril reunion would be sure to draw ratings, but Drew is hesitant at the thought of returning to the show. “I think saying hello again would be hard,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ll never say never because they are my family. I still love everyone over there. But … because of how it went down, I really had to part ways with April. But again, I’ll never say never.”
Many feel Arizona belongs in Seattle
Jessica Capshaw, another fan favorite, was also taken off the show last year after playing Dr. Arizona Robbins from 2008 to 2018. The plot line for Capshaw’s departure had her character moving to New York with her daughter and possibly renewing her relationship with her ex-wife Callie Torres.
At the time, Capshaw was saddened to be leaving the show and playing such a pivotal character. “For the past 10 years I’ve had the rare privilege of not only playing Arizona Robbins but also being madly in love with playing her… She was one of the first members of the LGBTQ community to be represented in a series regular role on network television,” Capshaw posted on Instagram in March 2018.
Her character’s exit leaves the door open for her to return, but there’s been no word if she’s been extended an offer or how she would feel about the idea. It’s clear she holds a special place in her heart for the show, recently posting well wishes for the series on Instagram.
‘Come home Callie’
Sarah Ramirez played Dr. Callie Torres from 2006 to 2016, leaving in season 10 with her character moving to New York to be with her girlfriend Penny, (played by Samantha Sloyan). According to Hollywood Reporter, at the time of her departure, Ramirez said she wanted some time off but looked forward to “always being part of the Shondaland (referring to creator Shonda Rhimes) family.”
Rumors swirled of a possible return for Ramirez to assist in the storyline of Capshaw’s departure, but it never materialized. Rhimes said in an Instagram Q&A last August that the effort was made to get Ramirez back for the Season 14 finale but couldn’t due to Ramirez’ commitment to CBS, as stated by Hollywood Reporter. “We tried. CBS has a hold of her. Because she is on another show, and we can’t get her. But we love her … Come home Callie,” Rhimes said.
Ramirez made it clear that she is more than willing to return to Grey’s, “For the record @CBS has been nothing but gracious and generous to me. They are open to Callie coming back! The ball is in @ABCNetwork’s court,” Ramirez tweeted last September.
Ramirez joined the cast of the CBS drama Madame Secretary in 2017.
Oh how we want Cristina to come back!
To say Sandra Oh is killing it on her new show is an understatement. Earning high ratings and critical raves on her current BBC America series Killing Eve, Oh recently made history as the first Asian performer to win several Golden Globe awards after winning for best actress in a television drama this past January, according to People.
Playing the uber-ambitious Dr. Cristina Yang for ten seasons from 2005-2014, Oh brought strength and assertiveness to her character that resonated with female audiences. Cosmopolitan declared Oh’s Cristina as “a downright revolutionary character.”
As for Oh making a return to Grey’s, it doesn’t sound promising. “I just got to tell you, creatively I have moved on … I deeply appreciate it, because I can feel it from the fans how much they love Cristina and that the show also still keeps Cristina alive, for me, [Killing Eve] is my home now,” Oh told People.
Whether or not Oh returns to Grey Sloan Memorial, for many devoted fans, Cristina will always be their person.
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