In last night’s Grey’s Anatomy finale, we said goodbye to two fan favorites, Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and April Kepner (Sarah Drew). Unfortunately, we didn’t get the send off either character (Or actress) deserved as the episode was focused primarily on Jo and Alex’s wedding. It was only with a throwaway line that viewers were even aware that April left the hospital.
Grey’s has a lot of characters to juggle, and I get that it can be difficult to do so, but I’m at a loss as to why they couldn’t really get a proper send off, just a few minutes dedicated to saying goodbyes would have been nice. Instead, we got a flat finale that was one of the most poorly written finales in the show.
The episode barely felt like a finale, let alone an episode where we said goodbye to characters who have been on the show since seasons 5 and 6. Then again, I’m not sure why I expected more from a show that’s been willing to recycle storylines for some characters who are overdue for an exit (cough Owen Hunt) and not willing to give screentime to those who deserve it.
On one hand, at least April and Arizona survived the finale, and the series, but “at least they didn’t die,” is a pretty low bar. April got some closure for her storyline, with finding her passion in providing medical care to the homeless and marrying Matthew (Justin Bruening). Meanwhile, Arizona decided to try to get back together with a newly single Callie (Sara Ramirez), taking several steps back character growth wise. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m a Calzona shipper, but considering how all of that ended, it’s not really a fabulous choice for Arizona. Honestly, April and Matthew could also be considered a step back, but I guess only time will tell. Or time would tell if they weren’t getting rid of a good character.
I’m tired. I’m tired of seeing good characters that have had good character development get sidelined for the same boring crap. I’m tired of “It happened off-screen” for major events. I’m tired of losing good rep. I’m tired of the excuses being “Well this is where the story went,” because all that tells us is that the people in charge just didn’t care. You cannot tell me there weren’t stories for them in a series that has recycled a major half sister plot, the “We got married and didn’t discuss things like children and now it’s a problem” plot several times, a brain tumor plot, unplanned pregnancies, and so many more.
April and Arizona deserved better, Drew and Capshaw deserved better, and so did the fans.