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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 14: Is Jackson leaving the show? Japril reunion could simply be an exit strategy

Sarah Drew had a nine-year run on 'Grey's Anatomy' and was last seen on the show in 2018
Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner (ABC)
Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner (ABC)

Through many beach scenes and many near-death moments, one thought that has kept fans of 'Grey's Anatomy' going through Season 17 has been the thought of a Japril reunion. The upcoming episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' provides just that, but the question is does this reunion come at a cost. 

There have been several speculations, that a Japril reunion has been orchestrated on 'Grey's Anatomy' simply to provide closure and a way to exit for one of the most beloved characters on the show, Dr Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). It wouldn't be the first time on the show that older characters are re-introduced, in this case, April Kepner (Sarah Drew) as part of an exit strategy of sorts. We saw it when Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) left to reunite with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl).


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Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner (ABC)

Fans have already started thinking in this direction. One fan on YouTube says, "Honestly wondering if this is how Jackson is going to leave the show."

It seems the thought has crossed others' minds as well, but fans suspect the writers of the show may as always just be toying with their emotions. A fan on YouTube says, "A part of me wants to believe Japril will be endgame and this is their way of taking Jackson off the show. But the person who has been watch greys for 3 years knows he’s probably just there to seek guidance or something and they’re playing with us."

Other theories suggested that while Japril endgame is what fans have been eagerly waiting for, in all likelihood Jackson is at April's door in connection to his visit to his father. After all when we last saw Jackson he had left Grey Sloan Memorial, after a disagreement with his mother on being a more active part of the protests surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. His mother then says he sounds just like his father and Jackson says that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Jackson then appears to get into the car to drive to his father, but as fans have seen, ends up on April's doorstep. One fan on YouTube says, "I think Jackson is gonna ask April if he can take Harriet to see his father."

As long as he's got his foot in the door and April doesn't seem to be wearing a wedding ring in the promo, fans still aren't stopping themselves from dreaming of a happily ever after for Japril. Let's just hope that we get to see Japril's endgame out on the show, and not just via letters and fuzzy montages ala Alex and Izzy.

To find out what the future holds for Jackson and April, you can catch the latest episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' on Thursdays at 9|8c on ABC. Catch the trailer for the upcoming episode below: