Grey’s Anatomy’: Why Jo Will Still Thrive After Divorcing Alex in Season 16

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Grey’s Anatomy followers collectively screamed at their televisions when Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) left Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington). The couple has at all times appeared robust, showering one another with love and help at each flip. But in Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, Episode 16 — titled “Leave a Light On” — Alex deserted his spouse and despatched Jo divorce papers in a cowardly letter. Nevertheless, because the season continued, Jo got here out the opposite finish. Then just lately, showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed why the writers selected to have Jo bounce again so shortly after her cut up with Alex.

Why did Alex and Jo get divorced on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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In “Leave a Light On,” Alex left Jo, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Richard Webber (James Picken Jr.), and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) letters to elucidate his sudden MIA standing. Apparently, Alex reconnected with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) when reaching out for Meredith’s medical license listening to within the 350th episode.

Alex discovered Izzie gave start to twins after utilizing the embryos they made when she received most cancers. So Alex — who realized he was nonetheless in love with Izzie — determined to select up and go away Jo behind to boost his kids in Kansas. He additionally despatched Jo signed divorce papers alongside along with his shares in Grey Sloan Memorial.

At the top of “Leave a Light On,” viewers knew Jo was going to be simply superb. Her greatest friend, Link (Chris Carmack), provided to take her out ingesting. But then Maggie (Kelly McCreary) paged Jo for a surgical procedure. She took a deep breath and took her first step ahead.

“Whiskey tonight. Today, I am working,” Jo stated. In response, Link known as Jo his hero. Then Jo replied, “Mine too.” 

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 showrunner discusses Jo’s future after Alex

Camilla Luddington as Jo on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Camilla Luddington as Jo on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Richard Cartwright through Getty Images

Instead of falling aside, Jo turned her personal hero on Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, it will have been comprehensible if the character started to spiral. But it appears there’s a purpose why Jo didn’t break after her cut up with Alex. 

When talking with TVLine after the Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 finale, Vernoff opened up about Alex and Jo’s breakup. And given Jo simply recovered from a psychological breakdown after discovering she was a product of rape, the showrunner defined she couldn’t put the character by way of the wringer once more.

“I didn’t want to put anyone through it,” Vernoff stated. “[Camilla] had so beautifully gone through many months of very dark storytelling, and I didn’t want any of us to watch Jo go into a hole again.”

Vernoff additionally provided some perception into Jo’s perspective, noting the uncertainty was far worse than the fact. 

“I’ve had the expertise in my life the place the ache of not understanding is so a lot worse than a really painful fact,” Vernoff stated. “Jo had so many episodes of not knowing [where Alex was] that even though the [eventual] answer was horridly painful, there was really honest relief [in just knowing what was up].”

Vernoff continued: “Getting an answer finally allowed her to strangely feel better than she had when she was just in the dark. Jo had imagined every possible worst-case scenario. And even though one of them came true, just having the information allowed her to move on. It felt like she had done a lot of grieving for the relationship in the weeks prior to receiving that letter.”

Now, the place is Jo headed when Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 returns? On April 9, Vernoff advised Variety the unique plan for Luddington’s character within the remaining episodes of season 16, which have been lower because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But Vernoff nonetheless desires to provide Jo some enjoyable subsequent season, alongside her new friend and roommate, Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli). 

“What we had planned was a lot of Levi-Jo comedy,” Vernoff stated. “I feel like Camilla has earned the right to play some lighter story. And it has always been my experience that there is a way to grieve that is dramatic, and there is a way to grieve that is largely comedic, both in life and on television. And we’ve been leaning into letting her play the comedy. We’ll probably stick with that plan moving into Season 17.”

Read extra: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Why Ellen Pompeo Is Happy With Alex and Izzie’s Ending

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