‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Will April and Matthew Ever Return? The Door Is Still Open

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin Bruening as Matthew and Sarah Drew as April on ABC

Grey’s Anatomy followers had been shocked when April Kepner (Sarah Drew) ran off into the sundown with Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening). For years, viewers watched April’s rollercoaster romance with Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), solely to finish up with the person she left on the altar. But will April and Matthew ever return to Grey’s Anatomy? Here’s what Drew and Bruening have stated about reprising their roles on the Shondaland medical drama.

What occurred to April Kepner and Matthew Taylor on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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April and Matthew met in Grey’s Anatomy Season 9. The trauma surgeon and paramedic appeared to hit it off straight away, notably due to their shared religion. But followers additionally knew the lengthy historical past between Jackson and April.

Eventually, April and Matthew determined to get married, regardless of her lingering emotions for her finest friend. Then at April and Matthew’s wedding ceremony ceremony, Jackson obtained up and confessed his love. So Jackson and April ran off collectively, leaving Matthew behind.

By Grey’s Anatomy Season 14, April and Jackson broke up. The trauma surgeon then reconnected with Matthew, who misplaced his spouse and had a daughter of his personal. Their reunion was uncomfortable at first. But as time went on,  the couple obtained again collectively. 

Later, at Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) and Alex Karev’s (Justin Chambers) wedding ceremony — which didn’t truly occur resulting from a sequence of unlucky occasions — Matthew proposed to April. And when Alex and Jo’s officiant arrived on the scene, April and Matthew determined to tie the knot straight away. Then the couple presumably acquired their fortunately ever after — away from Grey Sloan Memorial. 

Justin Bruening solutions whether or not he would return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as Matthew Taylor

Justin Bruening as Matthew and Sarah Drew as April on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" - Season Fourteen
Justin Bruening as Matthew and Sarah Drew as April on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Eric McCandless/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

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In May 2020, Bruening made a splash on Netflix’s newest drama, Sweet Magnolias. Then when talking with TV Insider about his new present, Bruening opened up about his function as Matthew on Grey’s Anatomy. The actor revealed he auditioned 20 occasions for the ABC medical drama earlier than touchdown Matthew. Bruening then answered whether or not or not he would ever return to Grey’s Anatomy sooner or later. 

“My character isn’t dead,” he stated. “Even on soaps, unless your head is separated from your body, there’s a way to find your way back. They didn’t kill me.”

Bruening continued, “Trust me, I asked. ‘I die in the next episode, right?’ They finally said, ‘Why do you think we’re going to kill you?’ I said, ‘You kill everybody!’ Fortunately, they did not kill me and I got to play on that show for a long time. It was one of the most fun roles of my career.”

Bruening additionally hinted Matthew remains to be round someplace. So who is aware of what may occur sooner or later. “I’m still a working paramedic,” he stated.

Sarah Drew shares whether or not she would reprise her function as April Kepner on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Following her grand exit on Grey’s Anatomy, Drew has shared her ideas on April’s return. And for essentially the most half, it appeared the actor was keen to maintain the door open. But she additionally acknowledged she wanted to say goodbye to the character on the time.

“I’ll never say never because they are my family,” Drew instructed Entertainment Tonight in 2018. “I still love everyone over there. I love that community and I still have such an incredible space in my heart for everyone over there.”

She continued, “But I really do feel like, because of how it went down, I really had to part ways with April, I just had to. There was no way for me to live in a space of possibility of her returning and also be healthy in my letting go of all of it. So I really have said goodbye to her.”

A yr later, the Grey’s Anatomy fandom puzzled whether or not April would come again after showrunner Krista Vernoff hinted the present wished to spotlight the return of a former solid member in season 16. As we all know now, this was by no means realized. However, when Drew was requested about returning, the actor confirmed she was open to the concept.

“I’ll by no means shut the door on my household at Grey’s, so it simply relies upon,” Drew instructed Entertainment Tonight in 2019. “It’s a hard question to answer because it is not an opportunity that has presented itself.”

Whether or not April and Matthew ever return to Grey’s Anatomy, not less than the actors behind the characters are open to coming again. But for now, we’ll simply have so as to add the reunion to our ever-growing want listing.

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