For years, Grey’s Anatomy‘s creator, Shonda Rhimes, has been teasing Alex Karev fans. Fans were told that Alex (Justin Chambers) was going to get a love interest after so much focus was on his first love, Izzie, ended abruptly after Katherine Heigl’s quick exit from the series.
Karev hasn’t gotten the most attention on the show, but Rhimes promised that his new love interest would be explored, and would mature Karev. While the character has matured over the last ten years, his relationship with Jo (Camilla Lunddington) has been on the back burner for a few years now. Although we’ve seen glimpses of that relationship, it hasn’t been explored as heavily as other relationships on the show, such as Callie and Arizona, Meredith and Derek, and even a brand new on-and-off couple, Owen and Amelia.
With Season 12 waiting to kick off, creator Shonda Rhimes said that this time around they’re ready to explore their relationship in a way that fans deserve.
Last year, we saw Jo give Alex an apartment so they could start a new journey together. As it turns out, Rhimes wants to explore what that journey looks like for the upcoming season. That said, she wasn’t without an explanation for the fans.
“We had a lot of stories we wanted to tell with them last season, and I promised the fans, ‘We’re going to tell all these Alex and Jo stories … And then we had to take a left turn because Patrick [Dempsey] was leaving. And now we want to tell a lot of those stories — except in a lighter way. So there’s a real focus on them this season.”
Rhimes told TVLine that we haven’t “gotten to know” them together and on their own as individuals. “I feel like we didn’t get to know Jo the way we should. And Alex is sort of a grown man now; it’s time to watch that happen.”
Last time TVLine spoke with Jo, a.k.a. Camilla Luddington, she was worried about their future because they’ve been happy for so long. “I’m nervous for Season 12. Jo and Alex had three seasons of being pretty good, which is unusual on Grey’s … I just don’t trust things are going to continue to go well. Because it’s Grey’s Anatomy.”
That said, Rhimes insisted that they will explore them in a lighter view.
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