‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Opens Up About Jerrika Hinton’s Departure
Grey’s Anatomy Season 13, Episode 22, Stephanie Edwards
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Opens Up About Jerrika Hinton’s Departure

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On Thursday night, Grey’s Anatomy fans had to say goodbye to another character.

Actress Jerrika Hinton, who played surgical intern-turned-resident Stephanie Edwards, departed the show in the Season 13 finale and creator Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter to pen a thoughtful goodbye.

Warning: spoilers ahead!

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 17, Andrew DeLuca, Stephanie Edwards
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“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,” the 47-year-old wrote on Twitter.

“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,” Shonda concluded her statement.

She’s not the only one that was sad to see Stephanie go.

Though fans knew the 35-year-old actress would be leaving the show at the end of the season, no one was really prepared to see her leave and prepared themselves for the worst.

Thankfully, despite Grey’s track record for killing off characters, Stephanie survived the explosion but did end up quitting her job at the hospital.

After jumping through fire and inhaling a ton of smoke to save herself and a little girl, Stephanie, who had sickle cell disease as a child, decided she was done spending her life in a hospital.

“I want to breathe it all in, away from the monitors and the blood and the sterile counts and away from saving other people’s lives,” she said in the finale.

“I want my own. This time, I live my own.”

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 3, Amelia Shepherd, Maggie Pierce, Stephanie Edwards
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Since Stephanie wasn’t killed off, many fans are wondering if that means she may one day return to the show.

Though Jerrika told Entertainment Weekly she’d be open to returning to Grey’s in the future, she also said it would have to be “a long time before Stephanie graces those halls again.”

Until that day comes, fans can next see Jerrika in the new HBO drama Here, Now.

Will you miss seeing Stephanie on Grey’s Anatomy? Let us know in the comments below!

Grey’s Anatomy returns in fall 2017 to ABC.