Grey's Anatomy: What or Who Will Be Sacrificed with Jackson in Charge?
Jessie Williams, Sara Ramirez, Jessica Capshaw | Photo Credits: Ron Tom/ABC
When Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday (9/8c on ABC), there will be plenty of changes going down at Seattle Grace. First and foremost, Jackson (Jesse Williams), who was only promoted to attending this season to fill the void left by Mark Sloan (Eric Dane), is now actually in charge of the whole hospital.
"Holy sh--," Williams tells TVGuide.com from the set of the ABC medical drama. He's not the only one who had that reaction. In the closing moments of the Feb. 21 episode, Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen) announced that the Harper Avery Foundation would help fund Seattle Grace as long as Jackson was the head of the board, something that definitely shocked Jackson and the rest of the newly formed board.
"Some of it is, 'Mom, how dare you spring this on me in front of everybody without consulting me at all?' But it's also a really daunting task. It's a lot of responsibility," Williams continues and adds that part of Jackson will secretly be flattered. "That's the only thing that keeps him from being totally furious about it; it's somebody believing he can do it."
But the rest of the hospital won't exactly be happy with the new hierarchy, especially Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Callie (Sara Ramirez), Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Cristina (Sandra Oh), who certainly didn't expect to have to answer to anyone once they took over the hospital. "They question his ability to manage the situation because of his lack of maturity and the position he is in because of his mother," Dempsey says. "There's a lot of resentment towards him in that position because of it."
"Jackson's anticipating a little bit of resentment and awkwardness," Williams adds. Jackson's relationships with Alex (Justin Chambers), April (Sarah Drew), Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and Webber (James Pickens Jr.) will be especially tested. "Not everyone is going to welcome that with applause. He's going to try to put his best foot forward and earn their respect, instead of feeling entitled to it. Over time, Jackson quickly feels like it's getting out from under him. It's too much and it's happening very fast. There's a lot more to lose than there is to gain."
But Jackson won't be the only one feeling the backlash from his mother's decision. Surprisingly, the group will also feel the hate from the rest of the hospital considering it's technically their fault that Jackson is now in charge. "It's tricky because they were looking out for the hospital and the bigger picture," Ramirez says. "They had to make a really quick decision. Now Jackson has more say than [they do], and he can veto anything they say. You can sort of blame the group, but you can't at the same time."
Callie, in particular, will be wary of Jackson's position since one of Jackson's first acts as the head of the board is to keep the ER closed. "Callie is really skeptical about the whole thing," Ramirez says. "She doesn't really take him seriously and thinks his mother is behind the whole thing. He's basically a mouthpiece for his mother. It takes her a while to see past all of the initial frustration and distrust to actually see that something good might actually come out of him being a leader."