*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy doubled as a farewell for the beloved Alex Karev (played by Justin Chambers). Although we still don’t know how to feel about the surprise ending, showrunner Krista Vernoff recently revealed that it was “impossible” to satisfy everyone.
Here’s what you need to know: Season 16, episode 16 of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Leave a Light On,” showed fans how Karev’s storyline comes to an end, since he’s been MIA for the past few installments. In the beginning of the episode, Karev writes letters to his closest friends and co-workers…and drops a bombshell we never saw coming. He reveals that he’s leaving Seattle and his wife, Jo (Camilla Luddington), to be with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), who is apparently raising his kids in Kansas. In a word, yikes.
So, when did Karev reconnect with Stevens, who left the show back in season six? And when did he impregnate her? We can think of a billion questions that remain unanswered, but according to Vernoff, their goal was to deliver an optimistic send-off.