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For Grey’s Anatomy fans, two scenes stand out as the most heartbreaking moments in the show’s history: 1) When McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) dies in season 11 and 2) the season 10 finale where Cristina (Sandra Oh) leaves Grey Sloan Memorial forever.

Several seasons later, many fans today still wonder why Patrick and the Killing Eve actress walked away from Grey’s. While Patrick has said that he simply had “been there too long,” hanging up the TV scrubs wasn’t as easy for Sandra.

Sandra was very emotional about leaving Grey’s Anatomy

The Killing Eve star told The Hollywood Reporter back in August 2013 that she was eager to seek other work.

“Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go,” Sandra told the publication while allegedly getting worked up. “It’s such an interesting thing to play a character for so long and to actually get the sense that she wants to be let go as well. wants to be let go, and I am ready to let her go.”

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Although she was excited to move on in her career, Sandra further revealed that she had been thinking about wrapping up in March 2012 when the rest of the “original six” cast members were inking new two-year deals. Sandra reportedly went to therapy over the decision to leave and had to give herself “two years to emotionally let go.”

“I want to cry right now. Grey’s has been the most important role of my life,” Sandra gushed at the time.

No one wanted to see Sandra go.

The show’s creator Shonda Rhimes expressed that Sandra leaving was “bittersweet” and hinted that she was really going to miss her – which surely made it even harder for the actress.

“Over the past 10 seasons, I have been made better by Sandra’s trust, faith, and friendship and I can’t quantify how grateful I am for her collaboration on a character we both love so deeply,” Shonda said in a statement.

Still, it doesn’t look like she’ll ever go back.

Despite telling Now to Love that she’s “still attached” to Cristina, it’s clear that Sandra is done with that chapter in her life. When talking with Variety in April 2018, the Killing Eve star said she isn’t interested in coming back to reprise her role.

“I’m just going to say no,” she told the outlet. “I’ve really got to try and create much more of that separation.”

Since walking away from Cristina nearly five years ago, Sandra’s been able to take on countless new roles. Besides starring in Killing Eve, she has scored parts in American Crime, Peg + Cat, and Tammy, and co-produced Window Horses. Even though Sandra has done so much, to Grey’s fans she’ll forever be known as Meredith’s “person.”

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Sandra Oh on the reason why she won’t be returning to Grey’s Anatomy

Guess that settles it, so.

Things on Grey’s Anatomy haven’t quite been the same ever since Dr. Cristina Yang left Grey Sloan Memorial.

Sandra Oh, who had been on the show since the beginning, left the long-running medical drama back in 2014 to focus on other areas of her career.

The 47-year-old now stars as Eve on the BBC’s Killing Eve – but Grey’s fans have still been keeping their fingers crossed that they may see Cristina back on screen, even if only for a cameo.

However, the actress has now clarified that this won’t be the case – and for a very understandable reason why.

Walking the red carpet for the season two premiere of Killing Eve in Hollywood on Monday, Oh told Extra:

“You know, I gotta tell you, you guys keep on asking me that question.

“I just got to tell you, creatively you have moved on and while I know, and I deeply appreciate it, because I can feel it from the fans how much they love Cristina and that the show also still keeps Cristina alive, for me, is my home now.

“This is where I am.

“I am Eve and that’s where I plan to stay as long as the show will have me. And that’s really where I want to be.”

Guess that settles it once and for all.

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Breakthrough in ‘Evelyn Lau’

Oh’s big break came when she beat out more than 1,000 other actresses for the title role in The Diary of Evelyn Lau, a television biopic about a tortured, young Chinese poet. “When she came in to the audition, she asked for a moment to focus herself. Then she lay on the floor for five minutes,” director Sturla Gunnarsson said. “I thought it was remarkable that at 19 she had the confidence— and audacity—to do that.” For her debut performance, Oh won a Gemini (Canada’s equivalent of the Emmy Award) nomination and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d’Or for Best Actress. She still considers the film one of the best she’s ever done.

‘Arli$$’ and Other Film Work

After a few lean years as a struggling actress (boosted by a lucky $5,000 scratch-off lottery ticket she won when she was nearly broke) Oh was cast as sassy assistant Rita Wu in the HBO comedy Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace award. Oh moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to work on the show, which ran seven seasons. She also appeared in movies like Under the Tuscan Sun, Bean and The Red Violin, as well as the television shows Six Feet Under and Judging Amy.

‘Sideways’

In 2003, Oh married director Alexander Payne, who cast her in his upcoming movie, Sideways. The small, independent film about two male friends touring California’s wine country amid their midlife crises became a surprise hit, and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Oh won critical acclaim for her supporting performance as a wine pourer who memorably throttles co-star Thomas Haden Church in one classic scene. The real-world marriage between Oh and Payne did not fare so well, though; the two split in 2005 and finalized their divorce in 2007.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Oh’s performance in Sideways helped her land a starring role in the new medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy, which premiered in 2005. Oh played Dr. Cristina Yang, a ruthlessly ambitious medical intern. “I’ve always tried to play Cristina with a tremendous amount of focus and ambition—which is the reality for a female surgeon,” Oh said.

Fans loved the show and Oh’s performance as Cristina, leading to a Golden Globe win and numerous Screen Actor’s Guild and Emmy nominations. “I’ve never met an actress as conscious, as analytical, as Sandra,” said co-star Chandra Wilson. “She thinks about every word coming out of her mouth.”

In August 2013, Oh announced she would be wrapping up her run on Grey’s Anatomy at the end of the upcoming 10th season, leading to her final appearance as Cristina Yang on May 15, 2014.

‘Killing Eve’

In April 2018, Oh resurfaced on the small screen in BBC America’s Killing Eve. Based on Luke Jennings’s Codename Villanelle novellas, the series features Oh as British intelligence agent Eve Polastri, who becomes obsessed with stopping angel-faced assassin Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer. Earning a renewal for season 2 before the first episodes even aired, Killing Eve impressed its audience, with The New York Times calling it “entertaining, clever and darkly comic.”

In July, it was announced that Oh had scored an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, making her the first woman of Asian descent to be so honored. Telling The Times that she wanted to celebrate the milestone, she said, “I’m happy to get that ball rolling, because what I hope happens is that next year and the next year and the next year, we will have presence. And the presence will grow not only to Asian-Americans, you know, from yellow to brown, but to all our other sisters and brothers.”

Oh won the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama, making history as the first woman of Asian descent to win the award. Oh also hosted the ceremony that year, also making her the first woman of Asian descent to host the Golden Globes. Making history a third time that night, she because the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes.

Shortly after season 2 debuted in April 2019, Oh and her co-stars learned that Killing Eve was being renewed for a third season.

Sandra Oh is finally having her moment. After stealing our hearts as beloved best friend, truth-teller (and the most heartbreaking on-screen crier of all time) Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy and charming us in Sideways, Oh took center stage in 2018’s female-driven thriller series Killing Eve as the title character.

The world thankfully seems to have caught onto the Sandra Oh fandom now that Killing Eve has become a hit show and Oh has received the accolades she deserves; not only did Oh cohost the 2019 Golden Globe Awards with Andy Samberg (one of the only actually enjoyable hosting stints in recent memory), she also won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama Series category. Both achievements were history-making: Oh was both the first performer of Asian heritage to host the Golden Globes and the first Asian actor to win multiple Globes.

So now that we’ve established that if you didn’t love Oh already, you very likely do now, you’re probably going to want to learn everything you can about her. Without further ado, here are five things you didn’t know about Sandra Oh:

1. Oh is actually Canadian!
Despite playing American-in-London Eve Polastri, Oh is Canadian: Her Korean parents immigrated to Canada in the 1960s, settling in the suburbs of Ottawa. She was given a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2011. Oh told Vogue last year that she’s “sure everyone carries the feeling of being the other. Being a Korean-Canadian growing up in Canada, being a Canadian living in America—there’s always this slightly outsider point of view, which I really try to embrace.”

2. Oh walked away from her Grey’s Anatomy audition.
Cristina Yang was almost played by someone else (take a deep breath). An Australian magazine reported that she walked away from the audition partway through for “a combination of reasons. . . . She’d left her phone at home, forgotten her wallet, and had a last-second call from her agent. But in the end, it just didn’t feel right at the time, so she left.” Oh elaborated that she “basically walked away from the audition . . . I came in early, warmed up and then waited to test with everyone else. Then it’s like, ‘Sorry, I have to leave.’” But thanks to a connection Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes felt, she got the part anyway and played it for 10 years.

Sandra Oh on ‘Killing Eve’ and if She’d Ever Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

“It’s great to be back working.”

Sandra Oh is hardly a stranger to television, but it’s been nearly four years since she exited “Grey’s Anatomy” after a 10-year run as the indelible Dr. Cristina Yang. She’s had a few roles since, including a memorable turn on Season 3 of ABC’s “American Crime,” but her latest effort — as the titular character in Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s darkly comic thriller “Killing Eve” on BBC America — marks her return to the medium she loves.

Oh stars as Eve Polastri, a low-level bureaucrat in British intelligence’s MI-5 who becomes fixated on a serial killer (Jodie Comer), who’s been casting a path of destruction throughout Europe. Their cat-and-mouse chase is unlike most espionage thrillers — stylish, deadly, and yet with a distinct, twisted sense of humor fans will recognize from “Fleabag.”

Here, Oh opens up to Variety about working with Waller-Bridge, the importance of inclusive casting, and why she won’t be making a “Grey’s” comeback anytime soon.

What made you sign up for the role?

Phoebe. I was familiar with “Fleabag,” which is just so up my alley. And then it was Phoebe and her script. I just thought it was really, really interesting — a woman spiraling towards herself and also into some sort of dark place that I was just like, wow, what is that? She just keeps on spiraling. I think both characters become obsessed with each other — Eve becomes obsessed with Villanelle (Comer) and vice versa. I think people go on journeys and it’s unstoppable and they could ruin themselves and a bunch of other people around them. But it’s a unstoppable energy between these two characters, Eve and Villanelle. They’ve just got to ram into each other and see what happens.

The tone of the show is so delicate — how did you find the right balance?

The tone is very special, and we worked really, really hard on it. It’s not easy. We really kind of fumbled our way through it. I think we really found it by the end, but that kind of tone, that kind of almost love affair or obsession, that was apparent to me from the pilot, honestly — that it’s going to go in this direction.

The title is “.” How are we supposed to interpret it?

Whether it’s the verb or it’s the adjective, that changes the whole meaning of it! Is someone going to kill me or am I the killer?

Exactly! So which is it?

You know I can’t answer that. (Laughs.)

The women in the show are not defined by their relationships to the men in their lives. Is that something that appealed to you?

There is something in that for sure. Expanding not only in one’s own self as an artist, but I’m conscious of society as a whole. Not to be so grandiose about it, but you have to say what are you choosing to put your time into because this is not a part-time job. It is full on. And if I’m dedicating my life and being away from my home, if I’m going to give it all of my being, then it is towards bending that arrow of history towards expansion, towards inclusion, towards a broader mindedness, more acceptance.

Just to follow up on that note of inclusion: Your character in the Luke Jennings books this is based on is white.

Can I just tell you, it’s about f–king time! The character is not Asian, but there are a billion examples of the reverse where the source material or the character in the book was one ethnicity or another and no one blinks an eye when people change it to being a white actor. I really hope that there is more pressure and sensitivity and understanding around it. And that comes from the actors themselves. It really does. When you read the source material — oh, you know, this person, this character is first nations, maybe I shouldn’t play it, right? Hopefully actors are empowered to be able to just make that choice.

Is it just up to the actors? Producers have to be forward-thinking, too.

Yes. , Sid Gentle, Phoebe, all said, “Hey, , what a great idea.” If it was potentially a whole different group of people that thinking might not exist. So it’s about people who are interested in thinking of things in a different way and then having been empowered. The whole trajectory for this project — Sally , our producer saw Phoebe’s one-woman show before “Fleabag” was a TV show and she was just like, who’s that writer? I want you to do Luke’s book, let’s pitch you. Then she gets the job. So they took a risk on Phoebe, right? People take a risk on 20-year-old white guys here all the time. So they gave her a big shot, and this is what she delivers. So because BBC America and Sid Gentle and Luke — because he was totally on board, too — were thinking that way, that’s how things change.

What was your reaction to the offer?

This was a real change for me, too, because I realized my own mentality. I was walking in Brooklyn when this script came in. I was talking to my agent and as I scrolled on my phone, doing a really quick pass at the script, I’m just going, Who am I? Who am I playing? This was a real moment for my own internalization. And my agent goes, “Honey, it’s Eve” — and then I was just like, Ohhhh. I appreciated that they thought of that before I thought of that. It really, really stuck with me.

Are you more interested now in doing limited series rather than committing to a long-term show?

Dude, I spent my time in the trenches! I don’t need to do that again. But I think the way that people are watching television is just so much different. I personally like this setup creatively much more. I know it can be challenging and difficult and crew wise, you need to get maybe sometimes more than two jobs per year. And I think that makes it much more difficult to continue making a living, because if you only have eight episodes and you can’t do anything else, that is not enough to sustain a family. I’ve been really lucky that I’ve moved past that point. But while I think our content is becoming more interesting and more varied, I’m also conscious that the way things are being made is getting more challenging.

Would you ever come back to “Grey’s”?

I’m just going to say no. I’m just going to put that down there because it’s been four years since then, and I’ve really got to try and create much more of that separation. Even though I could just talk on and on and on about that show and what I feel like I learned from it and continue learning from it. It was so special, lightning in a bottle that’s lasted for over a decade.

Ellen Pompeo recently made headlines when she opened up about her pay disparity on the show. Was that an issue you were aware of?

Pay parity, it’s a tricky one. “The Crown,” that’s very tricky. I think people who don’t understand our industry — it’s tricky because it’s just not black-and-white, and I understand when people throw things out there like, oh, look, one person’s getting a dollar, the other person’s getting a billion dollars. That’s not fair. And it’s like, yes. There’s a whole complicated chain of events that have made that so. Some of it is absolutely systemic. And some of it is because someone has been working longer, has had X, Y, Z, and those things are tricky to quantify. One person has had better representation than the other. It’s not just a systemic thing between women and men. It is, but it’s not just that.

When (or perhaps if?) Grey’s Anatomy closes its doors for good, Cristina Yang will not be among the familiar faces popping back in for a series-ending encore. In a forthcoming TVLine Podcast Q&A, Sandra Oh — whose work in BBC America’s breakout thriller Killing Eve is attracting deafening Emmy buzz — admits she’s ready to put Yang behind her.

“I get question regularly, and I answer it really based on what I’m feeling that day — and today is no,” the actress shares, before explaining that her desire to keep Grey’s in her rearview mirror is tied to the enormous affection she has for her current gig. “I love Eve. I really love her.

“I also love Cristina Yang,” Oh is quick to add. “I’m constantly stunned at the response I still get from , you know? It’s so fantastic, and it pleases me. It gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction that, you know, you did work that actually continues going on past the time that you’ve left it… It’s really phenomenal. And the only way that I think I can continue doing good work is just staying true to my own compass. And that compass is pointing north.”

Oh was much more amenable to the idea of a Yang encore on the eve of her Grey’s exit in 2013, telling TVLine at the time, “Eventually will have to come to a close, and I would love to come back .”

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  • In an interview with Porter magazine, Canadian-Korean actress Sandra Oh lets loose a spoiler for Season 3 of the British thriller Killing Eve.
  • The BAFTA-, Emmy-, and Globe-winning series announced plans for its third season earlier in April 2019. A fourth season is already guaranteed.
  • Season 1 writer and showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge is confident in Season 3’s new writer and showrunner, Suzanne Heathcote (Fear the Walking Dead).

*Fair warning: There are spoilers ahead.

Sandra Oh just went “Oh, whoops.” But we’re not mad about it. The Canadian-Korean actress, who plays the lead MI5 agent in the female-fronted BBC crime thriller Killing Eve, was chatting with Porter magazine, and she began by answering the one question we were all left asking when Season 2 bowed: OMG, is Eve dead?

In episodic cliffhanger perfection, the second season of this cat-and-mouse game leaves the fate of Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) riddled with a big fat question mark. Episode 8, delightfully titled “You’re Mine,” follows a “she loves me, she loves me not” storyline. Eve and the object of her obsession, the assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer), allow their fascinations with each other to take them to incredibly dark places. It all ends with Eve lying lifeless on the ground amid some forgotten yet completely Instagram-worthy Italian ruins—shot in the back by hers truly, Villanelle. Of course, this is just payback for Eve stabbing Villanelle in Paris one season earlier. But is she actually dead? She can’t be, right?

We have answers straight from the actress’s mouth below the jump, plus everything else you can expect for Season 3 of the award-winning series.

Nope, Eve’s not dead.

We know, big shocker. But in that interview with Porter, Oh did actually confirm what we all assumed in slight spoiler form. “So, obviously I didn’t die. is basically about coming back after that, emotionally.” As for further spoilers, the Grey’s Anatomy alum buttons up. “This happens to be a break for me,” she said. “They are shooting elsewhere. I won’t tell you where; it’s fantastic! I can’t believe I can’t go.”

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Season 3 will likely premiere next spring.

Killing Eve was renewed for a third season back in the April 2019. Though there is no exact Season 3 release date set just yet, Digital Spy is reporting that we’ll see the first episode of the third season in April 2020. Until then, we’ll just have to get our kicks from the series’s recent Emmys success. At least we have Oh to thank for not making us wait another six months to learn the fate of our favorite lady spy.

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that @BBCOne and @BBCiPlayer have acquired a third series of the award-winning spy thriller #KillingEve.https://t.co/By0PssLqyepic.twitter.com/vpOIRrf8NQ

— BBC One (@BBCOne) April 9, 2019

Season 4 is already guaranteed.

Months before season 3’s premiere, BBC America renewed Killing Eve for a fourth season. That means the assassin drama will definitely continue into 2021—and perhaps beyond.

“How could we not have massive confidence in Killing Eve?” Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, wrote in a statement. “It has won big in every major award show and is the highest-growing show on U.S. television for six years.”

A premiere date has yet to be announced.

There’s a new head writer.

After the first season of Killing Even, executive producer and Season 1 showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge passed the torch to Emerald Fennell. Fennell, who has more acting credits than writing, will play Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown, Season 3 and beyond.

There’s been another shake-up. Suzanne Heathcote, a British actor and writer, is set to helm season 3. Previously, Heathcote created the drama Fear the Walking Dead and produced the Apple TV+ original See, starring Jason Momoa.

“I’m very excited that the Killing Eve baton is being passed onto another incredible writer for season three,” said Waller-Bridge, per Digital Spy. “We can sleep soundly knowing these characters are safe in Suzanne Heathcote’s hilariously murderous hands.”

As for Fennell, she too is emphatic about the switch-up. “It’s been such an exciting year for me on Killing Eve. I think it’s cool that this tradition has been built into this untraditional show. Inheriting some of Phoebe’s characters was a treat—I can’t wait to see what Suzanne does next,” Fennell said, per Town & Country.

Suzanne Heathcote is the brains behind the third season of zombie prequel Fear the Walking Dead.

The baton has been passed from such incredible talent. I’m deeply honoured to be working on Season 3. https://t.co/SBmk8Lfuc1

— Suzanne Heathcote (@smheathcote) April 8, 2019

There will be a lotta action.

Equal parts psychological mind-bender and action-packed series, Killing Eve Season 3 promises to continue delivering on both parts of the equation. We’ve known Killing Eve’s cast to get down and bloody, as pictured below in what appears to be a behind-the-scenes makeup chair, but we didn’t know to what extent. Well, according to Metro, Jodie Comer is doing her own stunts to the point of injury. The actress was spotted with quite the bruiser in between filming shots for the upcoming season in London (see here for pictures).

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge mentioned writing herself a part for Season 3.

Could we really see Britain’s funny lady on-screen with Eve and Villanelle? All signs—and interviews—point to yes. In a chat with the Mirror, Waller-Bridge said she’s plotting a “grisly, 007-style demise” for herself. “I am going to write myself a part so that I can be murdered by Jodie,” the Fleabag creator and star said.

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‘TWD: World Beyond,’ ‘Killing Eve,’ ‘Quiz’ & More Get Premiere Dates on AMC Networks

During the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour presentation, AMC Networks announced various premiere dates for new and returning shows and shared new images for highly anticipated titles like The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Quiz.

Below, we’re breaking down the major news and notes from the event. Get ready to mark your calendars!

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Nico Tortorella as Felix in The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Credit: Jojo Whilden/AMC)

AMC’s third entry into the Walking Dead Universe introduces viewers to a whole new cast with The Walking Dead: World Beyond. The series will debut Sunday, April 12 at 10/9c (subsequent episodes will air Sundays at 9/8c), directly after the Season 10 finale of The Walking Dead.

Alexa Mansour as Hope, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Nicolas Cantu as Elton and Annet Mahendru as Huck in The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Credit: Macall Polay/AMC)

This series delves into a new mythology and story following the first generation of humans raised in a surviving civilization of the post-walker world.

Quiz

Macfadyen as Charles and Clifford as Diana in Quiz (Credit: Matt Frost/ITV/AMC)

Starring Fleabag’s Sian Clifford and Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen, Quiz is set to premiere Monday, May 25 at 9/8c and air for three consecutive nights through May 27 in the same timeslot. The limited series depicts the true story about Charles and Diana Ingram who attempted to scam the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in their native England. Stephen Fears directs the title written by playwright James Graham.

Pop TV at TCA: ‘One Day at a Time’ & ‘Flack’ Set Premiere Dates

Plus, ‘Mother Mary’ receives a pilot order.

Killing Eve

Sandra Oh as Eve and Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve (Credit: Nick Wall/BBCAmerica)

The third season of BBC America’s critically-acclaimed series has slated an April 2020 premiere date, with an exact day to be announced at a later time. The show, which has been renewed through Season 4, is expected to return for even more episodes in 2021. Don’t miss it as Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh continue Villanelle and Eve’s story this spring.

Brockmire

Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire in Brockmire Season 4 (Credit: Jace Downs/IFC)

The fourth and final season of Brockmire is scheduled to premiere Wednesday, March 18 at 10/9c. Fast-forwarding 15 years into the dystopian future, Brockmire (Hank Azaria) is serving as the Commissioner of Baseball. As the world around him descends into chaos, he’ll be tasked with saving America’s pastime.

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Are Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells headed to Scotland now?

Liar

Ioan Gruffudd as Andrew Earlham in Liar (Credit: Des Willie/Two Brothers Pictures/ITV/SundanceTV)

The psychological thriller returns for Season 2 on Wednesday, April 8 at 11/10c. The show picks up as, three weeks after evidence proved Andrew Earlham sexually assaulted multiple women, his body is found in Kent marshes. When the case becomes a murder investigation, the small town in which the events take place is shaken up, to say the least. Don’t miss the latest chapter this spring.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Did Cristina Yang get a proper send-off?

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Last night on Grey’s Anatomy, Cristina Yang hopped in a cab, headed to the airport, and left Seattle to start her new life as a director of cardiothoracic surgery in Switzerland. Oh, and she had Shane by her side. But was the exit good enough for Cristina Yang, one of television’s greatest characters? I’m on the fence.

On one hand, I liked how the episode sort of downplayed her goodbye. The show had been building to it for weeks — and since it wasn’t as if she was dying, keeping things simple helped make Cristina’s farewell felt more realistic. But on the other hand, I felt the episode’s explosion storyline was totally unnecessary. All it did was pull attention away from Cristina. No, she wasn’t dying — but she was moving to freaking Switzerland. It’s not as if she packed up and settled two states away.

I was very satisfied with Cristina and Meredith’s goodbye. Between dancing it out and Cristina’s final speech, the Twisted Sisters got the temporary farewell they deserved. And I also loved how Cristina left things with Derek and Alex. Owen, however, got the short end of the stick. Maybe he didn’t get a goodbye because we haven’t seen the last of them, but what we did see was just heartbreaking. Or maybe it was brave. I’m not sure Cristina would’ve been able to leave if she’d had to say goodbye to him properly.

Because I’m on the fence, I’ll pass the question to you:

Meredith. Alex. Bailey. The doctors are definitely in on Shonda Rhimes’ hospital melodrama.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 10 Finale: Farewell, Cristina

After 10 seasons and more than 200 episodes, Grey’s Anatomy bid farewell to one of its original stars — Sandra Oh — during Thursday’s season finale, which was both stressful and emotional.

The episode divided its time between Cristina preparing to say her goodbyes and leave for Zurich (where she’ll take over Burke’s facility), and a terrorist attack gas main explosion at the Seattle Mall of the Woods — where the hospital staff, for a moment, feared the life of the incomparable Cristina Yang. (Who knew not going to the mall would be such a relief?!)

Cristina returns to the hospital — rather than heading off for Zurich — to help tend to the victims. While Cristina is in surgery, Owen misses his opportunity to say farewell to her, but Cris does get her goodbye moment with Alex — “you’re very, very good,” she finally admits — and attempts to persuade him not to become Dr. Junior Butthole. (We agree!) She also defends Shane after Alex questions her decision to have the young surgeon close.

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As Cristina prepares for her heart surgery, Meredith explains that there wasn’t a terrorist attack and helps push a wary Cristina out the door. “None of it feels finished. Owen and I, we split over something that hasn’t even happened and we never even split up,” Cris tells Meredith in a nod to her steadfast decision to not have children. “And you and I are not finished. George is dead; Izzie is gone. It’s supposed to be you and me and Alex, and now nothing is finished. I don’t feel finished.”

Meredith winds up being the strong one and explains to her “person” that she doesn’t feel finished “because this isn’t the end for you … There is no finish line, you just have to go.” Mer then helps Cris rush out of the hospital — and through her goodbyes. On the way out, Cris offers a simple yet heartfelt goodbye and a hug to Derek. The song choice of A-ha’s cover of “Take on Me” is truly inspired.

Shane, realizing that his teacher is leaving, asks Cristina to take him to Switzerland with her. “I want to be in charge of my education, and I choose you. She immediately says yes and Shane, respectfully, quits on the spot. It’s a fitting conclusion for young Shane and a decision that Cristina would have likely made too.

Before walking out the door for the final time, Cristina stands in the gallery and waves her farewell to Owen — who now is the one stuck surgery. As the camera holds on each of them, they both tear up before Owen returns to surgery. And by the next time he looks up, she’s gone.

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Just as Meredith is putting Cristina in a cab for the airport, her donor heart arrives, and Meredith forces her to let go. “What do you need, an ‘I love you’ or something? I love you. Call me when you get there.” And that appears to be it for the BFFs. Only it isn’t. Cristina makes a surprise return — to dance it out! “That’s how we finish,” Cristina fittingly says in a nod to their early days.

“We’ll call each other twice a month. Take care of Owen. Take care of Alex … mock him … don’t get on any little tiny planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it or get in the way of a gunman … don’t be a hero,” Cristina says in yet another nod to their past. “You’re my person and I need you alive. You make me brave.” Mer then puts on their song: Tegan and Sara’s “Where Does the Good Go,” from season one, and Mer and Cris dance it out as only they can.

In the last scene of the episode, Cristina has (finally) arrived in Zurich, with an office filled with photos of her Grey Sloan family before Shane comes to get her for a surgery. As she closes the door behind her, the front of the door reads: Dr. Cristina Yang, director of cardiothoracic surgery. And just like that, after 10 seasons, Cristina Yang’s dream is realized.

As for Meredith, it turns out that Cristina’s parting words — “He’s very dreamy, but he is not the sun — you are,” she says — helps Meredith stand up to Derek and fight to stay in Seattle. It leads to a big fight and one of the major cliffhangers of the season as their future together — at least physically — remains in question.

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Other highlights from the season finale:

–Cristina’s replacement, Margaret Pierce (played by Kelly McCreary) at the hospital has daddy issues: Namely, she’s likely the love child of Webber and Ellis Grey — and Meredith’s sister! — after she tells the Chief that she was adopted and her late her mother’s name is on the hospital. It’s a twist that would make Olivia Pope proud.

— Amid the chaos at the hospital, Jackson tells his mother that he and April (Sarah Drew) are expecting, and Catherine helps talk her daughter-in-law out of her fear of motherhood.

–Webber tells Bailey that she’s a surgeon — not a lab rat — after her research study is nixed. Instead, he’s recommending she take over Cristina’s seat on the board in a move that he calls a total “no-brainer.” Only it isn’t so easy after Cris leaves her shares of the hospital to Alex, setting up a clash between Alex and Bailey in season 11.

–Callie and Arizona decide to use a surrogate to expand their family.

So that’s it for season 10. What did you think of Cristina’s exit? Hit the comments below and check out our exclusive interview with Sandra Oh here.

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Cristina Yang Made a Brief Appearance in Grey’s Anatomy’s Latest Episode — and Fans Are Thrilled

They’re still each other’s person!

During Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, fans of the beloved Shonda Rhimes show were given a dose of bliss when Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) made a semi-cameo after being absent for six seasons.

As Dr. Grey (Ellen Pompeo) continues to navigate life after getting fired, she submitted a list of pitches for articles to write about the healthcare industry — and the publication published her entire email, which read as a long list of grievances she has with the medical field… and Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

Knowing this would cause friction with her former colleagues, especially current Grey Sloan chief Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Yang (doing what she does best!) made sure to check in on her person and offer a bit of advice.

“Move to Switzerland before Bailey murders you in your sleep,” Yang texted Grey.

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Honestly, not the worst idea given what Dr. Grey is facing.

Fans were quick to respond to Yang’s cameo, encouraging a Yang comeback.

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— Ayko Hernandez (@aykotherese) October 18, 2019

When we saw Meredith texting Cristina. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/oVpZJRDjo8

— Alex R. (@AlexTheGreatzz) October 18, 2019

Not the Cristina Yang cameo I’ve been longing for but I guess a random text will do 😩🙄 #GreysAnatomy

— Unlike Agholor 🙄 (@yourRHOleModel) October 18, 2019

DID CRISTINA JUST TEXT?! I SCREAMED.

SCREAMED. @GreysABC #GreysAnatomy

— ¡ Ricky ! (@RickosaurusRexx) October 18, 2019

A text from the other TWISTED SISTER!! Cristina Yang!! #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/5BrA5PXBLl

— Rachelle (@TRachel_14) October 18, 2019

Though fans (and Grey!) weren’t exactly pleased when Yang left Seattle to move to Switzerland in season 10, it warms our hearts to know that they’re still each other’s person.

Meredith and Cristina forever!

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.