After 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, we have had out share of characters leave and left our hearts broken in their wake. After Dr. Yang left, and then Derek, we hoped it would be a while before we endured another loss but that isn’t the case.
Back in April, Sara Ramirez tweeted that “That’s a wrap for Doctor #CallieTorres #Season13 #GreysAnatomy.” She wrote, “Thank you all for an enriching & unforgettable #rollercoaster ride.” Although, it seems clear that Callie would be exiting, there was no official word so we were left to wonder.
In the season finale last week, after an emotional custody battle and Callie losing custody of her daughter to Arizona, we were surprised when at the end of the episode Arizona approached Callie with two plane tickets and her blessing to go to New York. It was bittersweet but it was definitely a nice send off to the character that we have all grown to love.
Now almost a week later, Sara Ramirez and Shonda Rhimes have gone public with the announcement that Dr. Torres would not be returning as a season regular next season. But that doesn’t really mean she’s gone for good. Her and Arizona still have a child together and she is the best orthopedic surgeon ever so I think we can probably expect at least a couple Callie sightings through out the season.
Things are also on the fence for other cast members as they are currently in contract negotiations. Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr., & Kevin McKidd are all in the process of working out their contracts but no clues as to any of them leaving the show, so I’m not too worried.
I just want to say good luck to Sara Ramirez. Enjoy your time off and get some rest because you are expected to return as a season regular very soon. Just sayin!