Shonda Rhimes On Stephanie Edwards' Grey's Anatomy Exit!
Time to cue the ugly tears!
Fans of Grey’s Anatomy had to say goodbye to yet another character on the explosive Season 13 finale.
We knew that Jerrika Hinton, who played the beloved Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s, would be leaving the show since early 2017, because she landed a role on the upcoming HBO show Here, Now. However, we didn’t know exactly know if she would be leaving on her own terms or in a body bag.
Edwards spent the last two episodes of Season 13 as a complete badass, as she did everything she could to save a little girl from dying in the fire. And thankfully, Edwards survived in the end and decided to go on her own.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes then took it to Twitter and wrote a gracious note to Hinton (and Edwards).
Shonda wrote, “Actors evolve differently and when an actor like Jerrika comes to me and says she wants to try something new creatively, I like to honor that. Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken together. While I’m sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Hospital, I am excited to what’s next for Jerrika.”
I’M NOT CRYING. YOU’RE CRYING!
And Shonda isn’t the only one that is sad to see Edwards go. Fans also took it to Twitter to show their love for Edwards.
“STEPHANIE EDWARDS IS A SUPERHERO AND I AM SO PROUD OF HER I WILL MISS HER SO MUCH,” one fan wrote.
STEPHANIE EDWARDS IS A SUPERHERO AND I AM SO PROUD OF HER I WILL MISS HER SO MUCH pic.twitter.com/aSSPsFEo4P— megane (@bonesrauhl) May 19, 2017
“’I need to see everything that’s not the inside of a hospital.’ STEPHANIE EDWARDS IS OUR FREAKING SUPERHERO,” wrote another fan.
Since Edwards wasn’t killed off, fans wonder if she’ll ever come back. Hinton revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she would like to return to Grey’s Anatomy in the future, but it would have to be “a long time before Stephanie graces those halls again.”
And she'll be welcomed back with open arms! But, until then, here's to you, Edwards! You are a freaking superhero and you will be missed!