6:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Grey's Anatomy': Justin Chambers on Alex's Fate and Road to Redemption
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Grey's Anatomy's "None of Your Business" episode.]
Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) is off the proverbial hook on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
Thursday's episode revealed that Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) effectively dropped the charges against Alex by tanking what was sure to be a slam-dunk conviction following the duo's brutal fight.
The move freed Alex from what likely would have been the rest of his life behind bars and will instead send him back to Grey Sloan Memorial, though it's unclear if that will mean a romantic reunion with Jo (Camilla Luddington). While Jo remains married to her yet-to-be-introduced abusive husband, Alex seems to have turned over a new leaf, having thanked DeLuca for his forgiveness. (Although DeLuca is still pretty wound up about Alex never really apologizing in the time between Jo's reveal and the brutal beating.)
While DeLuca's motives are not completely clear — he reminded Alex that he's a good guy — the character has been spending a lot of time with Jo and, in typical Shondaland fashion, a love triangle wouldn't be a stretch.
"If anything, Alex is going to start questioning why DeLuca would let him off the hook," Chambers tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Maybe he has feelings for Jo, or maybe he doesn't want to cause any more problems at work because he's a young doctor who has his whole future ahead of him at the hospital. It's really interesting, we'll see what happens in the future — if there's a love triangle and where they go from here."
While this marks Alex's latest shot at redemption on the veteran Shonda Rhimes medical drama, Chambers hopes his character can rise to the occasion and maybe even learn from his former foe.
"Will Alex be able to work with DeLuca as a doctor and teach him? It sounds like, if anything, Alex is learning from DeLuca about redemption," notes Chambers. "If anyone on this show knows something about being forgiven more than once, it's Alex. So I think he'll help apply that to his feelings for Jo because he's hurt and angry about her lying about her past. But at the same time, he has a lot of empathy for her because he grew up in a broken home with abuse and he can realize why she was scared and doesn't want to be in that situation and why she would change her identity."
As for Alex and Jo's romantic future, that remains a question mark. At the end of Thursday's episode, Jo comes to visit Alex and the former couple share a tender hug before parting ways — without exchanging a single word.
"This is Alex's shot at redemption. I hope there's hope for them!" says Chambers. "That hug is poetic and very telling of where their relationship is right now. Or maybe it was a goodbye hug, I don't know! (Laughing.) It was ambiguous in a way but at the same time, it was very poetic. What do you say when you've gone through so many things but your bodies and hearts still love each other, but you can't intellectualize why you should stay together if it's not a healthy relationship? I'd like to see them happy again; they both deserve it."
As for what comes next, expect Alex to return to the hospital with a renewed focus on how good he has it at Grey Sloan.
"Working in the Denny Duquette Clinic was a lesson for him and I don't think he wants to go back to that and he certainly doesn't want to go to jail," says Chambers. "So he's going to stay out of trouble and really concentrate on being a good doctor and on his relationship with Jo — if they can come back from that. That's the big question. Hopefully they will."
What do you want to see next for Alex and Jo? Sound off in the comments section, below. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.