Has the news started to finally settle in yet that Sandra Oh is leaving “Grey’s Anatomy”? We hope so, since it’s not changing. The actress made the decision to say goodbye to the fan-favorite show after a great deal of thought and discussion, and feels like the time is right after ten years to say goodbye. (For her sake, we agree; it’s not like she needs the money anymore, and that is a lot of your life to spend on one program.)
Even though details are sketchy about Oh’s departure, the actress made it clear to Entertainment Weekly this week that she really does not want to see Cristina die after everything that she has gone through, and we’d honestly be shocked if Shonda Rhimes went that route. For Cristina, it is far more interesting if she exists out there somewhere, getting the chance to have a fresh start in a place where she is at peace with her past, and even with being away from Meredith.
Oh also explained why for her it was important to inform Rhimes of her decision far in advance, rather than springing it on her later on and forcing the writers to come up with a quick exit plan:
“It’s really difficult to write television when you don’t know an endpoint. For the writers…to know there are multiple episodes to write a story — to write a conclusion — is a great gift. It’s also a great gift to be able to play because I usually don’t know what’s going to happen to the character. For me, it can just infuse her with a richness that you can’t necessarily have not knowing that information.”
There are still 24 episodes featuring Oh coming up, and so there is plenty of time for Cristina to have the send-off that she deserves. The same goes for Kevin McKidd’s Owen when it comes to him having to say goodbye to her. (McKidd said yesterday that he has no plans to leave this year.)
The “Grey’s Anatomy” premiere will take place on Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.