T.R. Knight (Dr. George O’Malley) is out, and Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) is in. EW.com reports that T.R. Knight will not be back next season as Knight asked to be released from his contract early. Grey’s season five finale ended with cliffhanger. So with T.R. Knight leaving, what does this mean for the show?
**POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD**
This year’s season finale ended with both George (T.R. Knight) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) clinging to life. George was hit by a bus and suffered serious trauma and Izzie was flat lining at the close of the episode even though she was on the path of recovery from cancer. With Knight’s departure it looks like his character will not survive, which is unfortunate since the episode was filmed in a way where you didn’t know if either character would live or die (hence the cliffhanger). It was an emotional season finale and it would be sad to see either of their characters die. Here is a video clip from the end of the season finale. Video courtesy of ABC.com:
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Before George was hit by a bus, we find out that he has enlisted into the army as a trauma surgeon. Seeing that George was already leaving Seattle Grace Hospital, perhaps George may still have a chance to survive and then head off to war as planned. That way there’s a chance that T.R. Knight can still guest spot in the future. Some good news for next season is that Jessica Capshaw will be back as a series regular. Read the full article here. Capshaw plays Dr. Arizona Robbins, who is a pediatric surgeon that was introduced as Callie Torres’s (Sara Ramirez) love interest after the departure of Brooke Smith who played Dr. Erica Hahn. I actually like Capshaw’s character on the show. Her character brings a different dynamic to the other doctor personalities on the show. She is smart, composed, and exhibits subtle strength.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, it looks like Katherine Heigl will be back for Season 6 of Grey’s Anatomy. At least half of the mystery is solved!