Justin Chambers, aka Dr. Alex Karev, announced on Friday that he will not be returning to Grey's Anatomy. He has starred in the show since its pilot aired in 2005 and is one of four (now three) remaining cast members.
“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,"
Karev Chambers told Deadline earlier this morning.
“For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”
After providing the second unexpected plot twist that he is almost 50 (FIFTY!), he went on to thank series creator Shonda Rhimes, his ABC Family, and of course, his fellow OGs (original Greys, if you will): Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens.
Chambers' Dr. Karev appeared with the rest of the cast as a surgical intern at the then-titled Seattle Grace Hospital. His character arguably grew up more than any other cast member; from being the jock-like pretty boy to the steadfast chief of surgery.
It's undetermined when Dr. Karev's last appearance will be, or if we've already seen it.
He was last seen on the November 14th episode of Grey's ("My Shot"). The episode showed Karev and his fellow doctors providing positive character testimonies regarding Dr. Grey during her recent legal happenings.
Could this be the last time we see Dr. Karev? It's possible. This episode marked number 350 for the series and provided many tips-of-the-hat to the ghosts of Grey's past. No, literally. It's basically an unhighlight reel of Meredith Grey.
Our beloved Grey's became the longest-running primetime medical drama in history in February 2019, even surpassing it's similar predecessor, ER. There is one thing, however, that fans dislike about Grey's - but it's kind of also what its known for.
Killing off our favs, literally.
I know we don't want to talk about it but keep in mind that Shonda Rhimes doesn't play favorites when it comes to killing people off.
(Or does she?)
We really need to prepare for the worst.
Karev recently became the surgery chief of a "competitor" hospital (if you can even call it that). He brought some old buddies with him via Dr. Webber (Richard Pickens) and Dr. Hunt (Kevin McKidd). This hospital is a bit of a mess, but he literally just took the job. Despite the hardships, he seems to be enjoying the position.
Yet, if all of this falls apart, one thing remains: the other Dr. Karev. You know, his wife?
Jo is just getting back on her feet as she continues powering through a tumultuous mental health journey. Although it wouldn't make sense to kill off either of them off at this point, it would also make the same amount of nonsense to transplant them elsewhere.
Stay tuned to Grey's Anatomy on ABC to see what Shonda has in store, and for how much longer.