We finally learned Richard Webber's fate last night on the Season 10 premiere of Grey's Anatomy, but James Pickens Jr. did not spend the hiatus this summer agonizing over whether he still had job come Season 10.
Creator Shonda Rhimes told him that his character would would make it, as he tells TV Guide.
"We usually have our read-through before each new episode. Shonda said, 'Hey, Jim, don't freak out when you see this episode. It's really good. We've got some great stuff planned for this.'"
But just because Richard survived does not mean that he'll be bright and shiny, to borrow one of Meredith Grey’s signature phrases.
"This is a man who led people. He was a mentor, he was an administrator. When he walked by, folks hustled. When he barked, they listened,” James says. “Now, he's a man who is in a bed and dependent on others. His physical presence is no longer what it was."
And by the sound of it, we're in for a whole rollercoaster of feelings from the former chief. "There's a whole element of self-pity, fear, and anger and all the ranges of emotions folks have after something that's so traumatic,” he explains.
But at least Richard isn't feeling guilty over Heather dying while trying to save him. "He's got much bigger fish to fry at that point," he concludes. (R.I.P. Heather. We're sure that there's someone somewhere who cares that you died. Shane?)
Are you braced for a super storm of emotions, or are you not ready to see such a loose-cannon Richard? Sound off below.
Source: TV Guide