‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Furious With the Way This Character’s Departure Was Handled

by Jeremy Spirogis
James Pickens Jr. and Justin Chambers

If there’s a present that commonly makes its viewership mad, it’s ABC’s very long-running Grey’s Anatomy. And if there’s a present that commonly makes its viewership mad due to wonky actor/character departures, that’s additionally Grey’s Anatomy. 

This time, followers are disturbed in regards to the departures of Justin Chambers and the character he performed, Alex Karev. Why  separate them out? Because Justin Chambers has undoubtedly left the present, whereas Alex Karev has technically not. 

What has and hasn’t occurred to Justin Chambers’ Alex?

James Pickens Jr. and Justin Chambers
James Pickens Jr. and Justin Chambers | Kelsey McNeal by way of Getty Images

Chambers’ departure is especially vital as a result of together with Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson  and James Pickens Jr., Chambers had been with the Seattle based-medical drama because it began. Alex  had been often called form of a “bad guy” on the present who was curt and abrasive with the opposite characters, together with medical workers and sufferers alike. Over time, nevertheless, his perspective softened. 

“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers stated in a press release to Deadline.  “For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”

Grey’s Anatomy has turn out to be notorious for its revolving door of solid modifications.. Departures embody however are usually not restricted to Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, Chyler Leigh, Sandra Oh, Sarah Drew and Jessica Capshaw. Moreover, a few of these departures have been contentious. It doesn’t appear up to now that applies to Justin Chambers, however Alex hasn’t really been written out. 

What are followers saying? 

The major motive followers appear to be upset is that they haven’t gotten closure with Alex. Perhaps followers have turn out to be accustomed to premature deaths, like those suffered by Dempsey and Leigh’s characters, so they need one thing extra definitive. A subject starter on Reddit stated: 

“I was fully prepared to cry my eyes out tonight, to have an Alex death, even though that sounds so awful and unimaginable, I’ve been preparing. But for real, after tonight’s episode if they just leave it at “Alex is in iowa” I gained’t be capable to deal. Even although clearly I don’t need him to depart the present or his character die, they will’t attempt to spin it like that on us.”

Another fan responded, “I’m positive we’ll hear extra. They movie episodes manner forward of time. Justin didn’t announce he was leaving till they have been filming episode 15 so that they want time to put in writing it in. My guess is, we’ll know extra within the again finish of the season.

But nonetheless one other fan stated, “Nope we will get nothing. It’s izzie 2.0,” referring to Katherine Heigl’s departure, which was one of many much less nice ones. 

Ellen Pompeo is aware of a factor or two about departures

As the lead character of the present, Pompeo has seen extra individuals come and go than virtually anybody else. Sometimes followers even focus there ire on Pompeo, as a result of she’s seen as untouchable. When Drew and Capshaw left on the similar time, followers lashed out at Pompeo, as a result of they assumed their departures have been made to accommodate Pompeo’s excessive wage. She has insisted that this isn’t the case.

When Vanity Fair tweeted out, “#GreysAnatomy is about to feel one of its biggest losses yet,” Pompeo responded “Truer words have never been spoken.” Pompeo should really feel this loss acutely since she and Chambers had been there for the entire journey. 

Grey’s Anatomy showrunners have lengthy maintained that the present will finish when Pompeo makes the decision that it’s time to go. That gained’t be this season, as a result of Grey’s is renewed via season 17 subsequent 12 months, that means that on the very least, Grey’s Anatomy may have been on TV a greater than spectacular 16 years. 

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