Grey’s Anatomy finally answered the question behind the disappearance of Alex Karev, and it’s a doozy. After several episodes with characters explaining the doctor’s absence away with him being in Iowa taking care of his mother or just noting that he was “going through something,” the official goodbye episode revealed that Karev left Grey Sloan Memorial to reunite with his ex-wife and first true love, Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, M.D.
If your mind is attempting to reboot right now, same. While many fans were worried (or hopeful) that Karev would get written out of the show in a tragically fatal way similar to other fan-favorites, the show took a very different route with this particular goodbye. Since original cast member Justin Chambers made his final appearance on the show back in November 2019, the episode mainly consisted of footage from earlier seasons as Meredith, Jo, Bailey, and Webber read lengthy letters he left behind. Though he doesn’t appear, Chambers provided voiceover for the letters (though we don’t see Webber actually read his). Keep reading to see how it all went down.