We did not see that coming, but possibly we must have. 

Right after weeks of telling us Alex was visiting his mother in Iowa and then eventually revealing that he experienced never been in Iowa at all, this week’s episode presented some significant closure for both Alex and another surprise, prolonged-absent character from Grey’s Anatomy previous. 

Generally, Alex was with Izzie (Katherine Heigl). He identified out that just after she just kind of remaining all those people a long time back, she experienced been increasing his twin son and daughter on your own and never told him. She experienced used the embryos she and Alex experienced created when she experienced cancer, and experienced twins named Eli and Alexis. 

He also now (so kindly?) signed divorce papers and remaining Jo anything he experienced, together with his shares in the healthcare facility, which feels like the absolute minimum he could probably do for his wife. HIS Wife. 

We acquired all this by way of different letters that Alex wrote to all the crucial people in his lifestyle: Jo, Meredith, and Bailey. 

He experienced named her when he was calling all people he knew to aid with Meredith’s trial back again in the fall, in his remaining episode of the sequence. Technically, tonight’s episode served as his remaining episode as it integrated his voice reading through the letter in voiceover, but no new footage of Chambers really appeared. 

“It is almost impossible to say goodbye to Alex Karev,” showrunner Krista Vernoff reported in a statement. “That is as real for me and for all of the writers at Grey’s Anatomy as it is for the admirers. We have liked writing Alex. And we have liked looking at Justin Chambers’ nuanced portrayal of him. For sixteen seasons, sixteen a long time, we have grown up along with Alex Karev. We have been pissed off by his limits and we have been inspired by his progress and we have come to appreciate him deeply and to think of him as one particular of our pretty finest pals. We will pass up him terribly. And we will generally be grateful for his impact, on our present, on our hearts, on our admirers, on the world.” 

Justin Chambers announced his exit in January, and ABC verified that his remaining episode aired in November. At any time because, Alex was alleged to be in Iowa visiting his mother, and then he little by little stopped answering phone calls and texts from his wife and coworkers, right until Jo acquired he was never in Iowa at all. And now we know where by he really was, and though this is accurately what we joked about for the previous two months, we could have never guessed we might finish up right here. And it’s going to choose some time to course of action. 

Stay tuned for numerous extra thoughts at E! Information tomorrow. 

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