'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17: From Teddy to Jackson, all the characters who have overstayed their welcome
Over the course of 16 years, 'Grey's Anatomy' has had a rich assortment of varied characters, many of whom have stayed with us. Others have fallen through the cracks because they couldn't quite leave an impact, to say the least, some have been unceremoniously killed off, while a precious few managed to leave the show unscathed. There have been car and plane accidents, George (TR Knight) got hit by a truck, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) survived cancer but left the show anyway, and there's a slight chance that Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) was eaten by animals *shudder*. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) is just one of those lucky ones, who got a promotion and took off.
We're on the verge of catching Season 17 of the show and keeping the favorites aside, there are still so many characters whose arcs have been stretched too thin, and honestly, it's time to say goodbye to them. Many have lost their spark and value and don't seem to offer anything to the show anymore. Here's our pick.
Teddy Altman (Kim Raver)
Haters gonna hate, but from having complexity of character in the earlier seasons with powerful storylines, Teddy is now just a character who is torn between two men....which leads to her infidelity. This was the arc for Season 16, and it's such an insult to her normally steadfast and compassionate character. What did they to do Teddy for Season 16? The best way for her story to end is, get her married off to Tom Koracick and both of them leave the show. Teddy has no chemistry with Owen, whatsoever.
Sorry, but not sorry. Jackson's (Jesse Williams) arc was best when he was with April (Sarah Drew) and he showed the full range of his acting capabilities. He didn't seem like just a playboy, who was unable to make up his mind, which is what he has now become. Like Maggie, we're pretty sick of his indecisive behavior. But what hurts is that he is slowly receding into the mass of forgettable characters on the show. He was usually a favorite. Get him a good storyline or make him leave for 'Station 19', so he has a better chance with Vic.
The Tom-Teddy-Owen drama was one of the most annoying arcs of Season 16. Tom Koracick, who is usually a snarkfest and an unlikeable soul, is in love with Teddy and wasn't pleased when she announced her wedding to Owen (Kevin McKidd). Due to some insecurity about Owen being the father of Amelia's (Caterina Scorsone) baby, Teddy slept with Tom a couple of times, even before her wedding. Unfortunately, Owen found out and stood her up at the altar. Tom Koracick and Teddy should get married and leave? Maybe?
Levi Schmitt's (Jake Borelli) back-and-forth love story with Nico as the token same-sex tangent on the show doesn't have the same depth as Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona's (Jessica Capshaw) turbulent tale. In fact, Levi and Nico's story just seems to be filled with bland gaslighting and manipulating and sometimes serves as a deviation from the actual storylines of the show. 'Grey's Anatomy' used to be known for its complex characters and at the moment, Levi seems to be receding into nothingness.
Like we said, Nico (Alex Landi) has turned into a gaslighting and manipulative individual. His storyline with Schmitt doesn't add any weight and is just plain annoying. Time to say bye?
'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 will release on November 12, ABC Thursdays at 9 pm.