Why There’s Hope For April Yet On ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

With the news that Sarah Drew and Jessica Chastain will leave Grey’s Anatomy (and April and Arizona, respectively, with them), fans are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Arizona is probably heading to New York to be with Sophia, and April? Well, previews show April getting into an accident, which, in Grey’s Anatomy land, means the end of April on mortal soil. But when is April’s last Grey’s Anatomy episode? Don’t worry — there’s more Kepner story to tell.

According to Ellen Pompeo, who, you know, is Grey’s Anatomy, basically, responded to a fan on Twitter who was mourning April’s last episode. It’s easy to guess that April would immediately die given the fact that she was in an accident and, in the previews for the penultimate episode of Season 14, Jackson is wailing and crying (they’re the OTP, don’t @ me, Jaggie fans). Why else could be Jackson be crying if the true love of his life and the mother of his children weren’t dead? It doesn’t make sense. Luckily, Pompeo is a straight-shooter like Meredith Grey, and she wasn’t trying to pretend like this fan theory was correct. Thanks, Ellen, for setting the record straight with this tweet:

The news that Capshaw and Drew were leaving the show was a big shock, but showrunner Krista Vernoff and her team of writers felt that the stories of these characters went as far as they could go. According to Deadline, Vernoff said in a statement:

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, also issued a statement celebrating the important work of Drew and Capshaw on the show:

While we don’t know if April lives or dies (oh lord, I’m not ready for the emotions I’m about to have in this episode), there is a bright spot to these "April is leaving" shenanigans — Drew landed a new show for Fall 2018! She’ll play opposite Michelle Hurd in the new Cagney & Lacey reboot on CBS. Drew will be Cagney, Hurd will be Lacey and, according to another article from Deadline, the show will serve up the best parts of the 1980s procedural show and "follow the two female police detectives and friends who keep the streets of Los Angeles safe."

I’m happy for Sarah Drew – I am. But a part of me will always miss her as April Kepner. Grey’s Anatomy just won’t be the same with April’s upbeat attitude. She’s evolved so much as a character, with her marriage to Jackson and the loss of her son; the birth of Harriet and her loss of faith. Sarah Drew is a treasure — I still think about her performance in "Death And All His Friends," the Season 6 hospital shooting episode of Grey’s Anatomy. While this episode may not be the end of the road just yet for April, it’s coming soon, and we’ll all have to come to terms with it.

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