Where is Alex Karev on tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy season 16 episode? If you haven’t heard the news, there’s a lot to dive into here.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed in shocking fashion that Justin Chambers is departing the ABC drama, which he has been a part of since the very beginning of the series. He’s a beloved actor playing a beloved character and with that in mind, it’s hard to swallow that he is gone in the blink of an eye.
All of this is also hard to digest when you think about the circumstances. When you reflect on Sandra Oh’s departure from the show, there was a proper tribute and an episode that suited as a fond farewell. Yet, with Chambers, the announcement came after he filmed his final episodes as Alex. There was no tribute and given that Jo is still around, it’s not like every single part of his life departed with him.
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On tonight’s new episode, the Grey’s Anatomy writers chose to address Chambers’ absence by saying that Alex was still off in Iowa spending some time with his mother. It almost feels like they didn’t know for sure that the actor would be gone at the time this was filming, and they wanted to give themselves an opportunity for him to come back down the road. That doesn’t seem to be happening.
Eventually, the writers are going to have to say goodbye to Alex, but it’s not something that they have to do at the moment. Hopefully, they are taking their time to ensure that there is a little bit of closure to this story, even if there isn’t an opportunity to see Chambers on the show again.
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