‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Says Farewell to One of Its Own

[This story contains spoilers from a deteriorate 13 culmination of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.]

Grey’s Anatomy‘s Grey Sloan has mislaid another doctor.

During Thursday’s deteriorate 13 finale, co-star Jerrika Hinton (Stephanie) was created out of a array in a approach few before her could explain to share: she left of her possess resoluteness — and alive.

News of Hinton’s depart from Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy started to aspect dual years ago when a singer requisitioned a lead in Shondaland comedy commander Toast. Should a comedy have been picekd up, she would have reduced her time on Grey’s while sophistry both shows. While a commander was upheld over, Hinton recently landed a unchanging purpose in HBO’s stirring Alan Ball drama that already had been systematic to series.

To hear Hinton tell it, it was her knowledge on Toast and feedback from Rhimes and ABC executives that desirous her to widespread her wings.

“When Toast didn’t go, we went divided and had a devout summer in a lot of ways. Shonda and we had a assembly during a commencement of deteriorate 13 where we talked about my depart and my artistic routine and she was unequivocally bargain of my wishes,” Hinton tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And we am evermore beholden to her for understanding.”

Adds Rhimes in a statement: “Actors develop differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, we like to respect that. Jerrika has common so many of herself with Stephanie and we am impossibly unapproachable of a tour we’ve taken together. While I’m unhappy to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, we am vehement to see what’s subsequent for Jerrika.”

Hinton assimilated Grey’s in deteriorate 9 as partial of a show’s unchanging repopulation with a new category of immature doctors. She was promoted to unchanging a year after and, in Thursday’s finale, saw Stephanie leave a array as a hero.

The hour picked adult with a sanatorium blazing after Stephanie set a glow in sequence to shun a assailant who had taken her — as good as a immature lady — hostage. While a sanatorium was on lockdown during a manhunt, Stephanie finds her approach adult to a roof — channel mixed glow lines and pang critical browns along a approach — before eventually being discovered as she worked diligently to save a girl.

Stephanie winds adult being treated for her injuries and realizing a essay that’s been on a wall for her all deteriorate long: that she wants something some-more for her life than to be a doctor.

“I spent my whole life in hospitals and we consider we need to see all that’s not a inside of a hospital,” she tearfully tells Richard. “I need to travel, explore, hike, breathe … divided from monitors and blood — and instead of saving other people’s lives we wish my own.”

 “I do adore her completion,” Hinton says. “For me, it’s a healthy finish for what has been a tour of self-exploration. … Her epiphany is a hero’s journey. It’s not only environment a assailant on glow and saving this small kid; it’s her entirely and finally saying her life for what it is and walking a opposite and hopefully improved path. That’s a hero’s journey.”

While Hinton has pitched opposite tract points during her time in Shondaland, she says that she’s certain there were brief durations of time when a writers expected deliberate murdering Stephanie off though instead went with a story that paralleled Hinton’s personal journey.

“What they’ve selected is unequivocally suitable for her tour this season,” she says.

It’s misleading for now if Hinton will lapse — so while Stephanie is still alive in a universe of Grey’s Anatomy, the preference eventually lies with Rhimes. (But for now, Hinton asked to keep Stephanie’s lab cloak and says she’ll skip “Stephanie herself” a many as she segues to her HBO drama.  

“I consider a decisions she creates during a finish of a culmination are touching and prolonged lasting,” she says when asked about a intensity lapse down a line. But for now, a singer hopes viewers learn from Stephanie’s experience.

“Go to therapy since burnout is real,” she says in a curtsy to Stephanie’s journey. “I wish that viewers take batch of what or whom they competence be sacrificing themselves for and make changes where they need to.”

And in a curtsy to Stephanie’s passionless delivery, Hinton delivered one final zinger when asked whom she would have wanted a adore stage with if should could write a stage for herself: “Leah (Tessa Ferrer) obviously! Let’s give a people what they want! That would have been a unequivocally wonderful, odd chronicle of a Burke/Yang relationship. Hopefully though their thespian finale though really with all of a competition!”

Hinton becomes a latest array unchanging to exit Grey’s Anatomy, joining Sara Ramirez, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh and more. 

Will we skip Hinton? Say your farewells to a singer and Stephanie in a comments, below. Grey’s Anatomy earnings in a tumble on ABC.

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