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15 Character Exits That Hurt Shondaland Shows (And 10 That Need To Go)

15 Character Exits That Hurt Shondaland Shows (And 10 That Need To Go)

Shonda Rhimes is the queen of TV proper now. Not solely did she rule the display on ABC, however Netflix was sensible sufficient to poach her once they had the prospect. Her imaginative and prescient has led to extra numerous TV and altered the course of historical past. Earlier than Kerry Washington starred as Olivia Pope on Scandal, ladies of shade as leads on TV have been few and much between. Based on Vox, Washington was the primary black feminine lead on TV since 1974.

However Rhimes’ imaginative and prescient additionally gave us intricate plot twists, secrets and techniques, and a compassionate view of many points individuals are afraid to speak about on TV. Granted, these plot twists included the deaths and exits of characters we fell in love with through the years. Positive, we all know some actors left to pursue nice issues. Exhibit A: Sandra Oh. Different actors left one collection and have become a fixture on different exhibits. Exhibit B: Scott Foley.

We acknowledge that nice TV requires many sacrifices, however the exit sure characters might have weakened a number of plot twists right here and there. Within the meantime, some individuals have caught round longer than they need to. That doesn’t suggest we do not nonetheless love a few of these characters. A few of them ought to go as a result of their characters are caught in a rut. If somebody is not going to proceed creating, then one thing has to vary. We additionally acknowledge that a plot twist might deliver somebody again or change how we understand a personality.

Listed here are 15 Character Exits That Hurt Shondaland Shows (And 10 That Need To Go).

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25 Hurt: Arizona Robbins, Gray’s Anatomy

Arizona Robbins arrived at Gray’s Anatomy like a welcome breeze on a scorching summer time day. Sure, we simply made ourselves cringe at that sentence. Her sunny disposition and love for Callie was a welcome addition to the forged. Sure, she had her flaws and went via a darkish interval, however you’d’ve been a tad depressed in case you had misplaced some extremities as nicely.

Robbins and Torres went by way of critical ups and downs, however we additionally acquired to see Robbins grow to be an incredible neonatal surgeon. Followers nonetheless miss the enjoyment she delivered to the collection.

24 Hurt: Henry Burton, Gray’s Anatomy

Greys Anatomy Henry Burton

We first met Henry Burton when he went to Seattle Grace as a affected person throughout season 7. Although we principally see some sufferers for a number of episodes, he had an arc that lasted till his passing on season eight.

He had no medical insurance and Altman proposed to him as a result of she felt it was her Hippocratic obligation to stop his dying. Burton truly fell in love together with her regardless of her protestations, and simply once we began to assume he and Altman might turn into a factor, he was taken from us.

23 Hurt: Rebecca Sutter, HTGAWM

Katie Findlay as Rebecca Sutter in How To Get Away With Murder

Wes Gibbin’s neighbor in Philly took crap from completely nobody and had her personal sense of favor. She and Wes did not see eye to eye at first as a result of she beloved loud music and distracted him from his research. Ultimately, the 2 shaped a relationship.

Issues went bitter as a result of anybody who will get concerned with somebody on the Keating 5 is sure to get sucked into their drama. The Keating 5 believed she killed Lila Stangard, however Annalise and Wes believed she did not. Rebecca Sutter made an awesome foil to Wes’ in any other case uptight character.

22 Hurt: Simon Drake, HTGAWM

Simon Drake was a personality many people beloved to hate. That’s what made him so necessary. He understood who Annalise was, and he disliked her choice for the Keating 5.

Sure, he went too far in posting flyers with Professor Keating’s face in all places. Although all of us love Annalise and need her to succeed regardless of being an anti-hero, the present wanted at the least one one that did not comply with her lead. Despite the fact that it might have been good to have somebody whiff out the Keating 5, his departure confirmed us how far Michaela would go to guard herself.

21 Hurt: Stephanie Edwards, Gray’s Anatomy

Dr. Stephanie Edwards was robust, lovely, and gifted. She wasn’t afraid to be grumpy, and we later grew to have compassion for her once we discovered about her motivations to develop into a physician.

Edwards wasn’t afraid to place Jo in her place, implying that Jo cannot deal with somewhat competitors. We noticed Edwards cope with some robust circumstances, resembling telling Jackson and April the dangerous information about their child and making an attempt to take away Dr. Herman’s mind tumor. A minimum of Edwards is now touring, however TV misplaced an incredible position mannequin when she left the present.

20 Hurt: Wes Gibbins, HTGAWM

Karla Souza and Alfred Enoch as Laurel Castillo and Wes Gibbins in How To Get Away With Murder

Alfred Enoch’s portrayal of Wes Gibbins confirmed us that male characters do not have to be overly-macho to point out grit. If it appeared like all of the playing cards have been stacked towards Wes from the start it is as a result of they have been.

From being referred to as “the puppy” to studying about how Annalise met his organic mom, Wes was all the time underestimated. Wes allowed us to see Annalise’s maternal aspect, and he turned a trusted confidant for her. Sure, we knew Laurel’s father wasn’t going to love him, however his exit places the onus on Oliver to be the final pet on the present.

19 Hurt: Pete, Personal Follow

Once we first met Pete Wilder on Personal Follow, he was specializing in various drugs. He was a little bit of a serial monogamist after having been in an sad marriage that ended abruptly.

He later wooed Addison and Violet and have become a faithful father to his son, Lucas. We noticed Pete look after his sufferers and his character grew up quite a bit in the course of the present’s arc. Although we have been rooting for Violet, he turned out to be the rock of their relationship. His dying was sudden and left us feeling unhappy for everybody at Oceanside Wellness.

18 Hurt: George O’Malley, Gray’s Anatomy

George O’Malley was the character we all the time underestimated. Launched as a shy man that had no luck with the women, he ultimately married Callie Torres and had a couple of trysts with Izzie and Meredith.

Regardless of his shy exterior, he was the one who helped Bailey ship her child when she did not really feel prepared. He turned a hero to the remainder of the interns because of the well-known “elevator scene” (“Bring The Pain,” Season 2). We will respect that he died a hero however would’ve favored him to have extra possibilities to say himself a bit extra.

17 Hurt: Alissa, Scandal

Alissa was David Rosen’s assistant. She was loyal and humorous, however her character additionally confirmed viewers that younger ladies can have wholesome relationships with their superiors.

Although Rosen was good-natured, Alissa wasn’t afraid to throw in a humorous reference right here and there. She appeared genuinely focused on her work for the US Lawyer’s workplace. Her character simply type of disappeared after Season 2. Alissa might’ve simply helped David sift by means of a number of the later conspiracies he needed to face in later seasons. The factor is, Scandal did not tell us why she left. We need to know!

16 Hurt: Lexie Gray, Gray’s Anatomy

Lexie Gray was loving, compassionate, and an ideal sister to Meredith Gray. Positive, that they had a rocky begin. Some followers did not all the time like how Meredith handled her little sister.

But when anybody might win Meredith’s love and belief, it was Lexi. You do not mess with Lexipedia, particularly when her photographic reminiscence might save your life. She was one of many many casualties of the aircraft accident on Season eight. Chyler Leigh reportedly needed off the present so she might have extra time to spend together with her household. Although we miss Lexie and the way nicely she complimented Meredith, no less than her exit gave us Alex Danvers.

15 Hurt: James Novak, Scandal

Jeff Perry and Dan Bucatinsky as Cyrus Beene and James Novak in Scandal

James Novak was nice to observe as a result of he did not have the identical baggage as everybody else on Scandal. Sure, being married to Cyrus Beene meant persistently being the attention of the storm, however this wasn’t his fault.

James had a singular sense of favor, and he was an completed journalist in his personal proper. He was additionally a devoted father to Ella. Nonetheless, he wasn’t about to throw away an opportunity to report for BNC both. Sadly, we noticed Jake take his life simply as James was about to uncover some essential info. RIP.

14 Hurt: Christina Yang, Gray’s Anatomy

Christina Yang from Greys Anatomy

Sandra Oh has moved on to some superb issues, even making historical past alongside the best way. Christina Yang could possibly be brash and egocentric, however she additionally confirmed ladies all over the place that being robust doesn’t suggest you must surrender on having a coronary heart.

Christina all the time gave love an opportunity and we noticed her get harm many occasions over. This by no means made her lose her resolve. Gray’s Anatomy simply is not the identical with out her grounding affect on the remainder of the forged. Perhaps Shondaland may have mercy on us and style us together with her presence for a bit earlier than the present ends.

13 Hurt: Stephen Finch, Scandal

Stephen Finch was Olivia’s charming affiliate, and one among her shut associates. Given how necessary he was throughout Scandal’s first season, many have been stunned that he did not come again for Season 2. Plus, he had an uncanny means to gross Abby out—and it was all the time hilarious.

A couple of minutes saving Olivia throughout Season four have been good, however it might’ve been good to have Stephen round because the present turned darker. Stephen would’ve both served as an ethical compass for Olivia as she turned an anti-hero, or he would’ve gone over a cliff for her like an actual gladiator.

12 Hurt: William “Dell” Parker, Personal Follow

Dell was yet one more groundbreaking character in Shondaland. He was a younger midwife and he completely liked Naomi. As Personal Follow continued, we additionally discovered extra about his heartbreaking previous and the way he overcame it.

Did we additionally point out he was additionally a devoted father to his daughter Betsey? Sadly, Dell remained haunted by previous demons, finally resulting in a whirlwind marriage to his ex. He was nice to have round as a result of his life was so totally different from everybody else. His story was did not rely a lot on Gray’s Anatomy, and this gave PP extra of its personal id.

11 Hurt: Callie Torres, Gray’s Anatomy

Callie Torres was lovely, fierce, and sensible. She carried out some spectacular surgical procedures and did not permit the tough nature of the OR to get in the best way of her happiness.

With a coronary heart of gold, Dr. Torres liked deeply and was an exquisite good friend to her fellow attendings. Watching her marriage to Arizona dissolve was unhappy for a lot of followers who felt they have been the right couple. (Penny who?) Eliminating Callie meant the present had much less easy-going characters round. Torres’ final look was by way of textual content in season 14, however no less than we get some Sara Ramirez on CBS.

10 Must go: Maggie Pierce, Gray’s Anatomy


When Maggie Pierce arrived, she was proof that Ellis Gray and Richard Webber actually did love one another. We felt for her as a result of it was virtually as if the present set her as much as fail at attending to be a sister.

Followers have raised many good factors about why she ought to go. It appears the present created a personality with loads of promise and by no means really capitalized on her achievements. As an alternative, followers are caught having to listen to about her credentials. Plus, the present principally focuses on her failed romances. We expect she deserves higher, and that is why she ought to go.

9 Must go: Dr. Ben Warren, Gray’s Anatomy

To Shondaland’s credit score, it isn’t that Dr. Warren ought to completely go away. It is simply that he is at present part of Gray’s Anatomy and Station 19.

The present has truly executed a very good job of utilizing the character to drive many tales. He was one of many Mercy West docs, acquired right into a profitable relationship with Dr. Bailey, and went from surgical intern to profitable anesthesiologist. The hospital’s explosion impressed him to turn into a firefighter. Now that he is begun a brand new chapter, being part of two exhibits as the identical character looks like a bit a lot.

eight Must go: Jacqueline Roa, HTGAWM

Jacqueline Roa is Isaac Roa’s ex-wife on HTGAWM. She comes into Annalise’s life with what appeared like good intentions, however we later see that she’s not as well-intentioned as we thought.

Perhaps Jacqueline was jealous that Annalise and Isaac have been turning into shut. Positive, courting one’s therapist is not applicable, however he appeared like he would’ve been nice for Annalise. We might see why neither character needed to cross the road. Nonetheless, the purpose of Jacqueline appeared to be to get in the best way of what might have been. Annalise and Isaac already had sufficient baggage to maintain them aside and did not want somebody to get between them.

7 Must go: The brand new interns, Gray’s Anatomy

We perceive why Gray’s Anatomy wants extra interns. Continuity is necessary and Gray-Sloan is a educating hospital. All 6 characters have been added throughout season 14, however sadly, their tales received misplaced within the drama of already-existing plotlines.

Plus, the interns got here in simply when Teddy Altman got here again—a lot to our delight. Followers do not precisely have the bandwidth for therefore many new tales. One character is already recognized for being a fling for Jo, however aside from that, we do not have an opportunity to see how they slot in so late within the recreation.

6 Must go: Pruitt Herrera, Station 19

We get it: Captain Pruitt Herrera needs to guard his legacy. Nevertheless, his character solely appears to get in the best way of everybody else’s improvement. Sadly, Herrera needed to step down after sustaining an damage whereas he was working. Many can perceive his frustration with staying at residence whereas he was purported to be therapeutic. The station is method extra thrilling, and he is fearful about how they will go on with out him.

In the mean time, Pruitt is usually seen making an attempt to recuperate from one thing. We really feel for him, however staying on the present requires a extra complicated story arc, and proper now viewers solely spend time feeling sorry for him.

5 Must go: Tina Krissman, For The Individuals

Does anybody keep in mind how a lot all of us beloved to hate Ellis Gray on Gray’s Anatomy and Eli Rowan/Eli Pope on Scandal? Certainly one of Shonda Rhimes’ biggest accomplishments is that she will create evil characters like this whereas additionally making them pivotal to a present.

Tina Krissman appears to be one of these character. She did not settle for somebody’s type as a result of it was 5 minutes late. She’s had her job for 27 years. Although we have seen a window into why she is the best way she is, we’d like extra of this to ensure this love-to-hate character is required on the present.

four Must go: Carina DeLuca, Gray’s Anatomy

Carina DeLuca is gorgeous and pushed. Seeing her provides us a greater view of who Andrew DeLuca is as properly, however her storyline obtained a bit misplaced because of earlier plot factors. She appears to have terrible relationships, however that is in all probability as a result of it might be troublesome to offer her a considerable one since we’ve got different characters to concentrate to.

Despite the fact that Andrew was a supporting character, giving him a sister does not actually add a lot to the present. This doesn’t suggest every little thing concerning the character is dangerous, it simply signifies that Gray’s Anatomy has an excessive amount of happening to soak up one other substantial character and she or he’s doomed to the sidelines.

three Must go: Andrew DeLuca, Gray’s Anatomy

Andrew DeLuca is the recent man with all of the dangerous luck. First, nobody likes him after he did what he might to assist after a tunnel collapse as a result of he is only a good man. Nope. As an alternative, others unfold rumors that he posed as an attending on objective.

Then, he could not get the woman. After he accepted that Jo loves Karev, he was on the mistaken place on the fallacious time (Jo and Karev’s condominium). Andrew obtained caught in a meaningless relationship with a personality whose identify we’ll barely keep in mind. Yep, it is time to let him go.

2 Must go: Bonnie Winterbottom, HTGAWM

Like Annalise, Bonnie Winterbottom has survived some extraordinarily traumatizing circumstances. In seasons 1 and a couple of we started to know the complicated relationship between the 2 ladies, however their relationship turned very bizarre very quick.

Bonnie confessed her like to Annalise and even represented her in courtroom. This allowed Annalise to get out of jail and win a well-publicized case throughout a crossover with Scandal. Nevertheless, the connection between Bonnie and Annalise could be so poisonous typically, it simply hurts to observe. Perhaps the present might get them to patch issues off and provides Bonnie a dignified swan track.

1 Must go: Owen Hunt, Gray’s Anatomy

Once we first met Owen, he advised a real story of PTSD the general public wanted to see. Followers of Trainspotting additionally acquired the prospect to see Kevin McKidd play a critical character. Then Owen received along with Christina and we shortly received to see a few of the darkness he offers with. It appears that evidently Gray’s Anatomy does not actually play up his virtues.

As an alternative, the present focuses on how Dr. Hunt fears dedication. He is tousled in main methods in all of his relationships and hasn’t proven the expansion different male characters show. We simply don’t need him to interrupt any extra hearts!

What do you consider these characters from these Shondaland exhibits? Tell us within the feedback!

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