If you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, we recommend not reading any further. Spoilers for the episode follow.
Fans of Grey’s Anatomy were put through the ringer when Thursday night’s episode aired. In the week leading up to the episode, fans were led to believe that it was time to say a heart wrenching goodbye to April Kepner. There was a car accident, a lifeless April on a hospital bed, and a slew of crying doctors.
That, paired with the announcement that Sarah Drew’s time on Grey’s had come to a close, was a devastating mix. April grew to be a doctor that many fans loved and admired, even if she started her time on the series as a quirky ‘know it all’ type.
Her trials and tribulations turned her into a force to be reckoned with. From a hospital shooting to becoming a doctor in a war zone and a personal struggle with her faith; as a woman, she realized the depth of her own power.
While not defined by them, one of the most important relationships she had was with Dr. Jackson Avery. Jackson and April were one of our favorite couples in the series and even after their heartbreaking end, we still held hope for a future where the two of them found one another again.
While it wasn’t the version we thought we wanted, April and Jackson did come back to one another in Thursday’s episode. It was everything we didn’t know we needed.
If you haven’t seen the episode, we won’t try to describe the scene in too much detail. It wouldn’t do it justice. However, April didn’t succumb to her injuries, instead, she opened her eyes as Jackson prayed over her, pleading with God to let her live.
Sarah shared a personal look at this scene, and some other important moments with Jesse, on her Instagram page hours later.
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First of all, Jesse knocked this scene completely out of the park. His performance destroyed me. Wow. Secondly, For me, this photo speaks volumes about our partnership. Jesse and I had some very trying stories to tell over the years and there were many moments when we really needed to lean on each other to get through them. And we did. To name a few: Samuel’s death, signing divorce papers, when Harriet was cut out of me (Jesse was on set to do the off camera phone call), when April tells Jackson she needs to move out because it’s just too hard. The scene right here where Jackson prays over April was one of those moments. It was agonizing for me, because I wanted so badly to reach out and offer him support in the scene- to let him lean on me – cuz that’s what we do for each other- but I had to just lie there unconscious letting him do his beautiful work alone. So, after he finished his coverage, I reached out to hug him and our makeup artist @lovveeani caught it on film. Our partnership on this show has been so sweet, so collaborative, so challenging (in the absolute BEST way). We got to tell stories that really matter, that have reached out and provided a safe space for people to love, laugh, mourn and grow. I will be forever grateful to my co-captain for the 9 years of friendship and for the opportunity to tell such beautiful stories together. Thank you, Jesse ❤️❤️❤️. Photocred @lovveeani
You can see the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, May 17th.
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