Katherine Heigl suddenly left “Grey’s Anatomy” in season six of the show.
In a new book, a former author of the series admits he does not know “why we did not kill Izzie.”
Heigl said it continued to make guest appearances on the show feel like it was “manipulative.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” has been on ABC for 18 seasons and counts, so now every fan of the medical drama knows that no matter how loved a character is – no one is certain of a very dramatic death.
Katherine Heigl left the show in 2010 after playing Dr. Izzie Stevens for six seasons. Izzie came out of Seattle alive, but according to a new book, the character’s fate could have been different.
“I do not know why we did not kill Izzie, I really do not,” Mark Wilding told Entertainment Weekly editor-in-chief Lynette Rice in “How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy.”
He said there could have been “hope” in his colleagues’ minds that Heigl would repeat the role one day. “Subsequently, Katie talked about that she might want to return to the show to end things a few years later, but it never happened,” Wilding continued.
But another former “Grey’s” author, Jenna Bans, said in the book that the decision not to kill Izzie was a strictly narrative choice made by creator and then-showrunner Shonda Rhimes. Bans said she remembers the decision was made because “Shonda felt it was more of an unexpected path to take.”
Longtime fans will remember that Izzie only survives cancer in season six and then is fired from Seattle Grace-Mercy West for a mistake she believes her husband Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) is responsible for.
Izzie married Alex in season five of “Grey’s Anatomy” when she thought she was dying. She only appears sporadically in season six and eventually serves up Alex’s divorce papers.
The ending does not provide much closure, but Heigl told Entertainment Weekly in her 2010 exit interview that the character’s sudden departure “felt like the right thing to do” because she felt it kept popping up in Seattle and then leaving again. was “manipulative” to the audience.
In season 16, ten seasons after her initial exit, we are told that Izzie (off-screen) is raising Alex’s twins in Kansas. She used the embryos they had frozen while she had cancer to get pregnant.
When Chambers left the show in the season 16 episode titled “Leave a Light On,” his character Alex reveals that he has been taken to Kansas to be with Izzie and the kids. Heigl did not appear in that episode.
“How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy” gives readers a new insight into the most surprising character outputs. It is available now.
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