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Eric Dane (Mark Sloan) has said that he thinks Lexie (Chyler Leigh) was Mark's one true love on Grey's Anatomy, and we definitely agree that she holds a special, and irreplaceable, place in his heart. However, does that mean love is off the table for Mark entirely?

When we speculated about how Lexie's death might affect Mark in Season 9 — assuming that he lives — one thing we said was that it would be possible for Mark to throw himself back into Julia's arms in an attempt to move on. Now, we think that would be a mistake: Mark needs time to grieve. But that doesn't mean he couldn't find someone else, eventually.

Just because Mark might not ever love someone the way he loved Lexie doesn't mean he can't find someone else to spend his life with, and maybe start a family with. Even Chyler Leigh thinks he's likely to move on! We think it could be interesting to watch him try to have a new relationship while dealing with the fact that he's never going to stop missing Lexie. Maybe he could have a love interest who has also lost someone, and therefore could understand what he's going through.

On the other hand, Mark already has baby Sofia and his makeshift family with Calzona. We could also see him never having a serious romantic attachment again, and instead focusing on being a good dad and friend to Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw).

What do you hope to see from Mark's love life in the future?

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