Warning: This story incorporates main spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Gray’s Anatomy. Learn at your individual threat!
Simply as rapidly as Gray’s Anatomy launched Jo’s estranged and abusive husband, the long-running ABC medical drama additionally dispatched of him in, let’s say, karmic style.
Throughout Thursday’s episode, it was revealed that neither Jo (Camilla Luddington) and Alex (Justin Chambers), nor Paul’s (Matthew Morrison) present fiancée Jenny (Bethany Pleasure Lenz) have been concerned in Paul’s hit-and-run accident. It was a freak accident brought on by a drunk driver.
And although Paul seemed to be on the mend, Jo and Jenny weren’t going to let him get away together with his abusive and manipulative tendencies any longer. After Jenny advised Paul she was going to the police, Paul lunged to assault with abandon, forgetting he was plugged into machines that pulled him again, inflicting him to hit his head on each his hospital mattress after which the bottom. Struggling a second concussion after his accident, Paul was rendered mind useless, with Jo left to determine whether or not to drag him off life help since she’s nonetheless legally married to him. In the end, she decides to donate his organs to assist save others, retribution for her years of struggling. Will Jo now lastly get closure? EW turned to Luddington to search out out.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How stunned have been you that this story line would wrap up so rapidly?
CAMILLA LUDDINGTON: I used to be actually stunned it could wrap up rapidly, however on the similar time, I felt like he gaslights her a lot within the first episode, selfishly for the character, I didn’t need her to spend 4 or 5 episodes in that place with him. He doesn’t appear very redeemable and he doesn’t appear sorry. Understanding extra of who this character was who I used to be coping with, I used to be questioning the way it may finish anyway with him, so after studying it, I used to be like, “Okay, I understand why they wrapped it up in that way.”
Was there a second after you learn the primary episode once you puzzled whether or not Jo and/or Alex have been guilty?
Yeah, completely! When it was first advised to me, even the idea of what was going to occur, that was my first query in the event that they did do one thing, simply because I didn’t know what sort of state of affairs she was in on the finish of the episode. They each depart and he’s threatened her, so I believed perhaps he’s attacked her not directly, one thing has occurred and he or she is technically answerable for it, nevertheless it was in self-defense as a result of he did one thing. My confusion was extra of what occurred once they left the hospital? I don’t suppose they’d deliberately exit and discover him, however I did marvel if he had discovered them once more. I believe it couldn’t have been the fiancée, as a result of then she would’ve needed to go to jail and it could’ve been a tragic ending for her.
Do you suppose Paul’s dying has given Jo a way of closure?
Sure, I believe it has. I believe there’s a mix of some issues that may assist her transfer on: She stored this such a secret to herself, so with the ability to say the phrases and inform her story out loud to someone else was cathartic, and now discovering somebody she might be with that she actually wholeheartedly trusts in Alex can also be a manner to assist her transfer on, and naturally, there’s no manner that Paul can threaten her anymore. All this stuff are going to drive her to lastly transfer on.
Do you suppose Jo and Jenny will probably be tied collectively for all times in a sure manner?
Sure, I do. The truth is, Bethany Pleasure and I, we liked working collectively and so we have been even secretly hoping that, in some unspecified time in the future, their paths would cross once more. I do suppose they need to have bonded over it. It’s such an excessive circumstance to dwell by and an excessive second that occurs inside the hospital, significantly the very finish scene with them each collectively, I believe they’ll all the time really feel a connection not directly.
Jo’s response to studying she’s in command of Paul’s finish of life care was a curler coaster!
It was so humorous, I bear in mind studying it in a script and it was essentially the most weird response to him. I used to be like, “Wait a second! She’s laughing over this?!” After which I considered it extra and I believe that, in that second, she’s so overwhelmed by so many issues. The truth that she really is the one which lastly will get to be in charge of one thing that has to do with him and about his life or dying, that second is so overwhelming that laughing after which crying is real looking. It’s so fascinating as a result of I’ve by no means performed a response like that, and I believe it was written in such an fascinating manner. I suppose it felt proper in the long run that she reacts in such a weird manner.
What’s subsequent for Alex and Jo’s relationship after this?
I’ve all the time rooted for them to get married. I do suppose it clears a path for them to maneuver ahead. Lastly [Paul] isn’t one thing that’s clouding that call anymore. I do know Alex has proposed 1,000 instances, so hopefully he offers it yet one more go. However yeah, I believe it does clear the way in which for all of that. I hope it clears the way in which for marriage and perhaps infants in some unspecified time in the future. I believe they’re undoubtedly headed in the fitting path now and there’s nothing stopping them.
Have you ever heard rumblings about whether or not there may be one other engagement and even marriage ceremony bells by season’s finish?
That’s one thing they’re very tight-lipped about, really. Justin and I, I believe they’re simply irritated with us actually, as a result of we’ve been bugging them for years, so I believe they’ll preserve shock for us. We’re all the time like, “When are we getting married? When are we getting married?” so I believe that, very cheekily, they’ll in all probability preserve that to themselves till we really learn it. However Justin and I are all the time rooting for that. I’m certain we’re driving them loopy as a result of we’ve been asking for 4 years now.
Is there part of you that hopes Jo proposes this time round?
That might be so candy if she did. Both of them I believe can be very, very romantic. I simply need them to get hitched, so nevertheless that comes about, I will probably be joyful.
What’s subsequent for Jo this season? It looks as if the present is constructing as much as this competitors among the many medical doctors for the brand new award, so what’s going to we see for her in that regard?
Sure, I can tease that she is definitely going to work with Meredith on one thing, I really feel like, for the primary time ever, as a result of I actually can’t consider any time that they’ve actually labored shut collectively for thus lengthy. You will notice this Meredith-Jo relationship actually creating this season, which is so thrilling for me, as a result of they have been at odds with one another at many factors. I used to be additionally rooting for these two to turn into mates, additionally as a result of she means a lot to Alex, too, so it’s good to have them get alongside, and have their very own separate relationship aside from by Alex. So that you see Meredith and Jo working carefully collectively and actually bonding over their medical competitors. In fact, simply selfishly, I like working with Ellen [Pompeo], it’s all the time actually enjoyable after we work collectively, so we’ve been having fun with the truth that so many scenes have been written of Jo and Meredith collectively. We undoubtedly see much more of that this season.
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