Krista Vernoff reveals how Jo is doing after Alex Karev leaves

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Grey’s Anatomy fans fell apart when Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) left Jo Karev, née Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) in season 16. The couple seemed to be the epitome of relationship goals until suddenly they failed. were not. Now showrunner Krista Vernoff has an update on Jo in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. And it’s not as heartbreaking as you might expect.

What happened to Alex Karev and Jo Wilson in season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy?

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In the middle of Grey’s Anatomy Season 16, Alex ghosts Jo, with everyone at the Gray Sloan Memorial. Fans speculated on the worst, as many viewers believed Alex wouldn’t just pack his bags and leave without saying goodbye. But that’s exactly what happened.

At the beginning of Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 Episode 16 – titled “Leave a Light On” – Alex sent letters to Jo, Meredith Gray (Ellen Pompeo), Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.). Alex reconnected with his ex-wife, Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), when he reached out to Meredith’s co-workers for her medical licensing hearing. But Izzie wasn’t the only person he found.

In the end, Izzie used the embryos she made with Alex when she had metastatic melanoma. She gave birth to twins named Eli and Alexis. Alex therefore decided to leave Jo for Izzie and her children. Now he lives on a farm in Kansas.

Meanwhile, Alex left Jo with signed divorce papers. But despite the grief, Jo was able to move forward with her life as Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 continued. Jo also invited her resident, Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli), to move in with her.

Grey’s Anatomy showrunner explains Jo’s reaction to Alex’s exit

Camilla Luddington as Jo in “Grey’s Anatomy” | Gilles Mingasson / ABC via Getty Images

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When “Leave a Light On” aired in April 2020, Vernoff opened up about Jo’s free space after Alex’s shocking departure and how the character was able to move forward so quickly.

“I have lived in my life an experience where the pain of not knowing is much worse than a very painful truth”, Grey’s Anatomy showrunner told TVLine. She also reminded fans that Jo had shot many episodes worrying about Alex’s whereabouts.

“Jo had imagined all the worst possible scenarios,” Vernoff continued. “Even though one of them did come true, just having the information allowed him to move on. It was as if she had grieved a lot for the relationship in the weeks leading up to receiving this letter.

Krista Vernoff teases what will happen to Jo in season 17 of Grey’s Anatomy

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Grey’s Anatomy Season 16 ended four episodes earlier because the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) ceased production in March 2020. Then, speaking with Variety in April, Vernoff revealed that the latest episodes were meant to feature “a lot. of Levi-Jo comedy ”.

“I feel Camilla deserved the right to play a lighter story,” she said. “My experience has always been that there is a way to cry that is dramatic, and there is a way to cry that is largely comical, both in life and on television. And we tried to let her act out.

Vernoff also hinted that Jo’s storyline would stay the same when Grey’s Anatomy returned for Season 17. Then in an interview with TV Insider published on October 8, Vernoff confirmed Jo’s plan to move forward. She noted that the character still had to choose a new last name after Alex’s divorce. But eventually, she’s going to have fun with Levi.

“They’re delicious,” Vernoff said of Jo and Levi. “It’s an unexpected and joyful friendship. I’m glad they meet.

The two hours Grey’s Anatomy The Season 17 premiere will air on November 12.

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