‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Series Regular Exits With Season 13 Finale

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*This post contains spoilers from the season 13 finale of Grey’s Anatomy.*

In typical Grey’s Anatomy fashion, last night’s season finale was a BIG one. Every season seems to end with a bang on the doctor drama and more often than not characters depart and leave us reeling. And Thursday’s (May 18) season 13 finale was no exception.

The episode added yet another star to the list of many Grey’s actors who are no longer with the show, as longtime series regular Jerrika Hinton, who played Stephanie Edwards, departed at the end of the hour.

The good news is that Stephanie wasn’t killed off like so many characters before her (we’re looking at you Derek Shepherd)! Instead, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s recap, the episode showed Stephanie choosing to leave her life behind as a doctor for other pursuits.

While we are definitely sad to see Hinton go, we’re so glad she was on the series for the past five years. The actress shared a sweet goodbye message to fans on Instagram and it’s making it a little easier to deal with her departure.

 

I am eternally thankful for five seasons of #GreysAnatomy and a graceful departure that underscores the courage it takes to choose yourself. That Stephanie literally walks through fire to reach freedom — her freedom — inspires me. It also makes me curious: What does freedom look like for you, dear viewer? After all, it’s not only the heroics that make her brave, it’s her finally seeing (and seeking) a better path. #onlyfreakingsuperheroes #takeyourpastandfindyourpath You fans and viewers are some of the most devoted folks I’ve ever met. Thank you for your endless energy. Bosslady Shonda, Queen Debbie, and entire the Grey’s Anatomy cast and crew forever remain in my heart. The #Shondaland family is a mighty, winding forest. I look forward to seeing you all in another clearing. 💚

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“I am eternally thankful for five seasons of #GreysAnatomy and a graceful departure that underscores the courage it takes to choose yourself. That Stephanie literally walks through fire to reach freedom — her freedom — inspires me,” Hinton wrote on Instagram. “It also makes me curious: What does freedom look like for you, dear viewer? After all, it’s not only the heroics that make her brave, it’s her finally seeing (and seeking) a better path. #onlyfreakingsuperheroes #takeyourpastandfindyourpath.”

The actress continued thanking fans for their continued support over the past few years.

“You fans and viewers are some of the most devoted folks I’ve ever met. Thank you for your endless energy,” she said. “Bosslady Shonda, Queen Debbie, and entire the Grey’s Anatomy cast and crew forever remain in my heart. The #Shondaland family is a mighty, winding forest. I look forward to seeing you all in another clearing. 💚.”

Grey’s Anatomy will return this fall on Thursdays on ABC.