It was in 2018 that the fourteenth season of Grey’s Anatomy aired and many fans will surely remember the farewells of two characters: Dr. Arizona Robbins and April Kepner, actresses Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew respectively.
As for actress Sarah Drew, the outing would be linked to creative reasons and career choices of the actress herself. Showrunner Krista Vernoff officially explained:
“The characters of Arizona and April will definitely remain woven into the fabric of Grey’s Anatomy thanks to the amazing work of Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew. As writers, it’s our job to follow the stories in the direction they want to take, and sometimes that means saying goodbye to the characters we love. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with such amazing actresses ”.
The character of April has undergone a very interesting evolution since season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy. She went from an insecure and awkward Mercy West resident to a surgeon and trauma soldier. Over the seasons, April has shown herself to be a staunch Catholic living a complicated life reinforced by two layoffs and the breaking of her virginity vow with Jackson.
She becomes engaged to paramedic Matthew, whom she leaves at the altar to escape with the man she has long been in love with, namely Jackson. The couple get married but face a variety of issues, including grief over the death of their hour-old son, Samuel. April therefore leaves for Jordan to react to the mourning, but abandons her husband from whom she will separate just after the birth of Harriet, their little girl.
In season 14, her ex-husband falls in love with Meggie, head of heart surgery and Meredith’s half-sister, and April goes into crisis, especially as she believes she has lost her faith. . Also in this season, April is going through another difficult time: Jackson and her ex-boyfriend Matthew become widowed just hours after the birth of their daughter, due to complications after the birth of his wife Karin.
All of these dramatic events, added to the tragedies he witnesses every day at work, strain Kepner’s faith as he turns to alcohol and casual sex. Then, thanks to a new meeting with Matthew, whose newborn daughter he saves by intuition, he regains his religious faith and apologizes to everyone for his behavior, proposing to Alex and Jo to take care of the organization. of their marriage.
In the penultimate episode of the season, April is involved in a serious car accident with Matthew among them all. After moments of great pathos, in which we can also see her ex-husband Jackson come to pray for her, April is recovering and is recovering with Matthew who has also recovered from the accident. They both leave Gray Sloan to start a new life elsewhere, helping the needy.
The seventeenth season however saw some welcome returns such as Patrick Dempsey as the late Derek Shepherd, and TR Knight as the late George O’Malley.