‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Are Meredith and Alex Still Friends After the Big Season 16 Exit?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin Chambers as Alex Karev and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ABC

Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 has formally dropped on Netflix, which suggests extra members of the fandom have entry to Alex Karev’s (Justin Chambers) grand exit. The episode titled “Leave a Light On” answered what occurred to the character. However, viewers had been left heartbroken for Alex’s spouse, Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), and his individual, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Of course, it’s protected to imagine Jo is on her method to shifting on. But are Meredith and Alex nonetheless associates after Grey’s Anatomy Season 16? Here’s the place the 2 left issues.

How Alex left Meredith in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16

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In Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 Episode 16, Alex despatched Meredith, Jo, Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) letters to clarify his departure. Then in his letter to Meredith, Alex admitted his individual might have talked him out of leaving — however that’s not what he needed. 

“The thing is, I can’t come back,” Alex wrote. “I can’t face you. I deserve the guilt and to be called an a**. But I don’t want to be set straight. I don’t want you to say the right thing because the one perfect thing isn’t in Seattle, not anymore.”

Later, Alex revealed he was with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl). Apparently, when the pediatric surgeon known as his ex-wife about Meredith’s medical license listening to, he discovered Izzie used their embryos that had been made when she had most cancers. Now she lived in Kansas with their twins. So Alex realized he was nonetheless in love with Izzie and moved to be together with her and the children.

For probably the most half, Meredith’s face as she learn the letter appeared like everybody watching from dwelling — confused. But then Meredith lit up as soon as Alex gushed over his youngsters. And lastly, Alex informed her she could possibly be her personal individual.

“You always said Cristina was your person. Then I was your person. But you’ve always been your own damn person, a force of freaking nature,” Alex wrote. “You’ve never needed anyone but you … Mer, you are my best friend and I will miss the hell out of you. But I’m finally exactly where I should be.”

Despite the heartwrenching goodbye, it appears the door continues to be open between Meredith and Alex on Grey’s Anatomy. When he signed off his letter to his former individual, Alex hinted he nonetheless needed Meredith in his life.

“I hope you do come here one day, but not to ask me to leave,” Alex wrote. “I hope you come to meet my kids and they get to call you ‘Auntie Mer’ because you’ll love them and they’ll love you. And until you’re ready to do that, try not to hate me too much.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ showrunner discusses the potential of Alex’s return sooner or later.

Justin Chambers as Alex Karev and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Twelve
Justin Chambers as Alex Karev and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Richard Cartwright/Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images

All of the flashbacks of Meredith and Alex in Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 Episode 16 confirmed the power of their relationship. And whereas ditching his individual with out a phrase might have doubtlessly destroyed all that improvement, it appeared Alex’s remaining remarks within the letter indicated the 2 associates shall be simply high-quality with time. 

Meanwhile, Alex’s ending on Grey’s Anatomy leaves the door open for the character’s return sooner or later. And in an interview with Deadline launched in April 2020, showrunner Krista Vernoff answered whether or not there was an opportunity Chambers or Heigl would reprise their roles. 

“When I left the show in Season 7, people asked me if there was any chance of me ever coming back, and I was smart enough to say, ‘Never say never,’” Vernoff stated. “Here I am, so who knows?”

Now, if Meredith and Alex can preserve their friendship on Grey’s Anatomy, followers hope the peds surgeon will flip up by way of textual content. This is one thing we’ve already seen with Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh). However, when requested about Alex’s digital presence throughout an interview with Variety, Vernoff said issues nonetheless must be discussed because the present strikes into its 17th season. 

“Oh, gosh, I just don’t know,” the showrunner stated. “I think we should talk again in May after I’ve had a few weeks with the writers.”

Well, it’s been a month and Vernoff not too long ago spoke with TVLine, confirming pre-production for Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 will begin quickly. “I’m going to start up the writers’ room in May, but it’s going to be  ‘Zoom room,’” Vernoff stated. “The hope is that we will be able to start production when we usually do, which is in July. But we have to wait and see how this thing plays out, obviously.”

As the Grey’s Anatomy group prepares for subsequent season, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see whether or not they proceed Meredith and Alex’s friendship going by way of textual content. But it doesn’t matter what occurs, we’re excited to see what the medical drama has deliberate shifting ahead.

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