Credit: ABC Photo: Meredith Engaged to Karev on Grey's Anatomy

In what universe would Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) wind up with Alex Karev (Justin Chambers)? Ah yes, the alternate reality in Grey’s Anatomy Season 8, Episode 13: “If/Then.”

In this sneak peek photo from the highly anticipated episode, we see Mer wearing an enormous diamond on her finger, presumably placed there by Alex who she is seen getting cuddly with in another photo. Assuming Meredith is a completely different person as a result of growing up with happy, supportive, sane parents, it might make sense that she would go for this new version of Alex — who looks downright cheery.

We still don’t know if we’ll eventually see what the “If/Then” universe looks like say, 20 years down the road, but something tells us the future wouldn’t look nearly as happy as this alternate, smiley version of Meredith.

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