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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy Season 9: First Look at Hilarie Burton in Action… With Jackson? (PHOTOS)

Grey’s Anatomy has welcomed many fantastic guest stars throughout the years, and one of the most exciting thus far is former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton, who is joining the Season 9 cast for a recurring role.

Hilarie will be playing a craniofacial specialist who comes to the hospital to work on a young patient in Season 9, Episode 22: “Do You Believe in Magic?”, so naturally, she’s teaming up with peds doc Arizona Robbins; but we were surprised to see her with Jackson Avery, too.

Don’t worry, Japril fans — she’s not in action with Jackson. It looks like he’s just assisting with the case. (Where art thou, Karev?)

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Jackson’s portrayer, Jesse Williams, tweeted a first look photo of Hilarie with a ridiculous caption yesterday, writing, “Can @iJesseWilliams & @JessicaCapshaw stop maniacal #HilarieBurton from killing that baby?! Next on @GreysABC!”

Considering that Hilarie has a bit of a creepy smile in the photo and Arizona and Jackson both look concerned, we understand his silly caption, but we’re almost certain she’ll be saving this tiny human, not murdering the tot.

Regardless, we can’t wait to see her episode in two weeks. Hopefully, when it airs, we’ll be proven right, and her character will be neither “maniacal” nor murderous.

Are you excited for Hilarie’s episodes? Sound off below!

Alyse Whitney is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @AlyseWhitney.