(Warning: This post contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”)
“Grey’s Anatomy” fans said goodbye to longtime series regular Justin Chambers on Thursday night with an episode titled “Leave a Light On,” which revealed where the heck his character Dr. Alex Karev has been this whole time and how he was going to be written off the Shonda Rhimes-created show.
When fans found out the answers to those questions, well, some had a very, very strong negative reaction and took to Twitter to share in their dismay.
During the hour, we learned that Alex has not actually been “in Iowa with his mother” or “going through something” in the time he’s been away from his BFF Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and his wife Jo (Camilla Luddington), but on a farm in Kansas with his ex-wife Izzie Stevens and their children, which he never knew they had.
Since Chambers and Katherine Heigl, who played Izzie on “Grey’s” from 2005-2010, did not actually appear in the episode, all of this is revealed in letters that Alex wrote to Meredith, Jo and Bailey (Chandra Wilson), which are recited in voiceovers by Chambers.
Apparently, after Izzie divorced Alex and left Seattle a decade ago, she gave birth to their twins, Eli and Alexis. Alex only recently reconnected with Izzie and found out about his secret family and after Meredith’s trial last fall (which is the last time Chambers actually appeared on the ABC medical drama, two months before he revealed he was exiting the series), Alex went to visit Izzie and the kids and decided to just stay there.
Yeah, this wasn’t exactly the ending a lot of “Grey’s” fans wanted for Alex.
Below are just 15 of the MANY angry Twitter reactions. We had to sift through a whole bunch of especially profane ones to keep it semi-clean here. A few pull out “Avengers” comparisons, which make sense in context.
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— ardentdreamer08 (@ardentdreamer08) March 6, 2020
#GreysAnatomy fans after finding out they were getting rid of #AlexKarev: “haha how funny would it be if they just sent him to Izzy”
Writers with obviously no clue how to end this story reading the comments: *writing furiously*
Everyone everywhere last night: pic.twitter.com/qrccuMrbnC
— Lex???? (@otagadnas) March 6, 2020
— ⍟ ???????????????? ⧗ (@miss_LulaMae) March 6, 2020
— PaigeThePigeon (@pigeon_paige) March 6, 2020
alex karev leaving his wife, all of his colleagues and his best friend for izzie stevens literally sounds like a whole ass fanfiction you could find one wattpad when you were 12 but ok
— izabelle (@meredithsgrwy) March 6, 2020
I hate the way they wrote off Alex Karev from #GreysAnatomy. I get they had to come up with an explanation but this was such a reach, didn’t fit his character development or honor his relationship with Jo. Major fail. ???? @GreysABC
— Alicia Rancilio (@aliciar) March 6, 2020
— CONGRATS PARASITE (@Braeblades) March 6, 2020
Alex Karev has gone through the best character developement in this show and Alex Karev that I know would never EVER abandon the amazing woman Jo became for Izzie, especially through letters but y'all not ready to have this conversation yet. Dissapointing #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/KiDS5Mr7k0
— ???????????????????? (@_GoldenZayn) March 6, 2020
Just ignoring the end that they gave to Alex Karev. It’s so unfair. Years and years of developing for nothing. He would never leave Jo or Meredith like this. That’s not the Karev that I used to know. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/3GOnJjlIbO
— best of grey’s (@greyarchive) March 6, 2020
— Kukumba (@DCalyne) March 6, 2020
— rakel teicheira (@raquelcaetanot) March 6, 2020
R.I.P. Alex Karev (c. 1978-2020)
Husband, Son, Brother.
— ᴍᴀᴅs ???? (@sasscatalog) March 6, 2020
This is worse than Derek Shepherd being killed off. This is abandonment of a character that has been through hell and back and who GREW from it. A character that is now inflicting intentional pain on his fragile wife. Alex Karev would NEVER have done this. Never. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/PxcnYprqAf
— Natacha (@Blerd_Life) March 6, 2020
— Graziella Mitri (@GraziellaMitri) March 6, 2020
so your telling me that alex karev had the biggest & best character development and became the best man on the show perfect husband perfect friend just for shonda to have him go back to izzie who we havent seen in 10 seasons as his exit?? THROW IT ALL AWAY pic.twitter.com/cNJEMS4QtE
— leila (@onlyangvIs) March 6, 2020