Grey’s Anatomy finally gave fans what they asked for Thursday night, as the hit ABC show said goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev, portrayed by actor Justin Chambers. However, viewers were left even more disappointed at how they closed out the OG character’s storyline.
After 16 seasons, Chambers left the show after appearing in his last episode, which aired in November of 2019. While Chambers did not physically return for his character’s farewell episode, the actor did provide voice over work to read the handwritten letters Karev sent to his wife Jo, Meredith Grey and Miranda Bailey. It turns out – Karev is alive and living on a farm in Kansas with his ex-wife Izzie Stevens and their, wait for it, 5-year-old twins.
To refresh your mind in case you forgot, Izzie Stevens was another OG cast member, who eventually married Karev, and was portrayed by Katherine Heigl, who left the show during season six. Two years after Heigl’s exit from Grey’s, the actress stated she wanted to return to the show to give closure to her character but, at the time, showrunner, creator, head writer, and executive producer Shonda Rhimes said she had no plans to revisit Izzie’s storyline. However, Rhimes’s mind must have changed. And in a serious case of irony, Karev left Jo the same way Izzie left Karev. Could it be because Chambers’s exit was sort of similar to Heigl’s?
In January, fans were shocked when Chambers revealed he had left Grey’s and that his last episode had already aired. As a beloved character, viewers demanded a proper farewell. And after months of avoiding an official conclusion to Karev’s storyline, Grey’s finally teased his goodbye episode last week. While fans were excited for the episode, they mostly hoped the writers wouldn’t kill off Karev’s character. However, after the super disappointing ending that was given to his character this week, viewers actually began wishing Rhimes had just killed him off instead.
so your telling me that alex karev had the biggest & best character development and became the best man on the show perfect husband perfect friend just for shonda to have him go back to izzie who we havent seen in 10 seasons as his exit?? THROW IT ALL AWAY pic.twitter.com/cNJEMS4QtE
— leila (@onlyangvIs) March 6, 2020
All I’m saying is if they could get Justin Chambers to come back and do an Alex Karev voice over for this, they sure as hell could’ve convinced him to film ONE MORE EPISODE with a better ending than this absurdity. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/Du05RwRF5w
— Ellie Deen (@EllieeDeen) March 6, 2020
I’m so pissed right now. Shonda did it again. She throw 16 seasons worth of character development down the drain. Alex Karev wouldn’t leave Jo, his wife, his person, and his entire support system just to run back to Izzie Stevens in the year 2020 #GreysAnatomy
— Jenn🦋👣 (@jennifelmorales) March 6, 2020
I ain’t never seen the Grey’s fanbase be so mad that Shonda DIDN’T kill someone 😭😭😭 #GreysAnatomy16
— Keta (@Mark_MyWordss) March 6, 2020
As you could imagine, fans were furious. Mostly because leaving Jo behind for Izzie was not in Karev’s character. Now, with only Meredith Grey holding down the fort, will Grey’s Anatomy continue for that much longer?
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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