Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams Is Open To A Spin-Off For Jackson

Grey’s Anatomy star, Jesse Williams, reveals that he would consider a spin-off following his recently-departed character, Jackson Avery. The hit medical drama premiered in 2005 and quickly garnered a passionate fan base. Set in Seattle, the series follows a group of surgeons as they navigate an intense and often ruthless medical profession. Along the way, many of the leading characters inevitably fall in and out of love, spurring an emotional minefield fraught with drama. Throughout the years, the ensemble cast of characters has evolved, with many beloved actors entering and exiting the screen. Williams’ character, Jackson Avery, joined the series in 2010 and remained on the show until last week’s episode.

On Grey’s Anatomy, Jackson initially received attention from his peers because of his family background. The grandson of Harper Avery, an illustrious surgeon who made impressive breakthroughs in medicine, Jackson arrives at Seattle Grace determined to earn his own accolades. As a surgical resident, he struggles to befriend the other characters, including protagonist Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), but he finds an ally in his colleague April Kepner (Sarah Drew). Despite their differences, Jackson and April slowly fall in love, eventually marrying and then breaking apart due to a number of tragic circumstances. In his last episode, Jackson chooses to leave Seattle for a new job in Boston, with April unexpectedly by his side.

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While speaking to TVLine, Williams discussed the possibility of a spin-off focused on his character’s new life in Boston. At the same time, he acknowledged that such a project remains up in the air for now. Read what Williams said below:

We’ll see. I’m not entirely sure. There is certainly a part of me that is compelled to go out into the wilderness as well [as Jackson] and do something different and new, so I’m very excited to do that. That said, I’m really proud of the work and the character I’ve created here in this world, and I get [fans’ interest]. That would be a damn interesting and meaty spinoff with incredibly talented actors in a world that I don’t see reflected in television as far as equity in medicine and the actual role that the medical community plays in impacting our livelihoods, so there is something there. I don’t begrudge it. So we’ll see. We’ll see.

During Williams’ time on Grey’s Anatomy, viewers often praised the relationship between Jackson and April. For many seasons, they remained one of the most popular couples on the show. When Drew was written off the series in 2017, fans criticized the narrative choice as an abrupt and senseless decision. For the next few years, Jackson struggled to maintain long-term relationships with his other love interests. April’s return in his final episode left many viewers celebrating their possible reconciliation, although the show left their fate unknown. This ambiguity has only further heightened interest in a new Shonda Rhimes spin-off.

With Jackson gone from Grey’s Anatomy, Pompeo’s Meredith Grey is the only character still standing from the original cast. While the series has endured for almost twenty years, its future beyond next season remains a mystery. Considering all of the losses Meredith has survived, including the departures of many of her own friends, it certainly seems that perhaps the time has come for her curtain call. There is something to be said for planning a satisfying resolution, instead of forcing a storyline that has run its course.

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