Warning: This article contains spoilers about the season 13 finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
Grey’s Anatomy said farewell to a series regular, as Jerrika Hinton has exited the hit medical drama after playing Dr Stephanie Edwards for five seasons.
Last week’s episode saw her fate left ambiguous, after being caught in an explosion at Grey Sloan, trying to pull a man on fire away from the oxygen tanks.
She was revealed to still be alive, but the drama was far from over.
With the building on fire, Stephanie had to perform surgery on the leg of a young girl named Erin, and the pair of them attempted to reach the roof to avoid the smoke and flames.
After several scares, including a missing keycard and CPR, both Stephanie and Erin got through the ordeal alive, but for Stephanie, that experience shook her to the point of quitting her job.
Fans were gutted that it was the last we’ve probably seen of Stephanie – but at the same time relieved that she survived.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hinton said that she would be open to return one day.
“That place has a really wonderful soft spot in my heart,” she said. “I think that because of the nature of Stephanie’s injuries and the way that she has decided to leave, what she has decided to prioritise, it would have to be a long time before Stephanie graces those halls again for it to make sense.
“She can’t have gone through all of this and then six months later says, ‘Hey guys, just kidding, I’m back’.”
Grey’s Anatomy will be back for a 14th season this autumn.
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