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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 19 on ABC: Kate Walsh’s Addison Montgomery makes comeback to the show in recurring role

'I was excited, though, to make the comeback to where it all began for me,' said Kate Walsh in an interview
UPDATED SEP 22, 2022
Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery in 'Grey's Anatomy' (IMDb)
Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery in 'Grey's Anatomy' (IMDb)

'Grey's Anatomy' is back and it has packed surprises this season for the viewers. As the viewers will see less of Ellen Pompeo's Meredith Grey in season 19, around who the show revolved since its 2005 premiere, they will again welcome Kate Walsh's iconic Addison Montgomery who was seen as "McDreamy's" wife since season 2 before she evolved as a personality of her own on the show. 

Initially, she was set for a recurring guest stint on 'Grey's Anatomy', Kate Walsh's character expanded into a series regular position as Rhimes grew fond of Walsh's portrayal of the character. Rhimes created the first spin-off of 'Grey's Anatomy' based on the character of Addison, and named the series, 'Private Practice' which saw Addison move to Los Angeles to start fresh, after 2 seasons as a series regular in 'Grey's Anatomy'. Unfortunately, the spin-off series lasted six seasons. Walsh decided to retire the character after eight years of portraying her, making her final series regular appearance in the 'Grey's Anatomy' universe in the 'Private Practice' series finale. However, Walsh returned to the role almost nine years later in a recurring capacity, for season 18 of 'Grey's Anatomy,' and now perhaps will be seen more in season 19.


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As per Variety, the 'Grey's Anatomy' actress revealed her comeback on the OG series. She said, “It felt just beautiful and I was so pleased, for years and years, there wasn’t an interview that I’ve ever done where someone hasn’t said, ‘So fans are wondering, will you ever go back to 'Grey’s'?’' And so, I did.” She further continued, "Returning now, in Season 18, is like a “fever dream it was easy to show up, emotionally, and just all of a sudden get cracked open in the elevator because there’s just so much.”

In season 18 appearances of Walsh, Addison grieved the death of her ex-husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) with his sister Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and his widow Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). However she teased the viewers some more in her Variety interview saying, "Right now we’re just doing a few episodes and we’ll see what happens,” she said. “I was excited, though, to make the comeback to where it all began for me. In the couple of episodes that we shot, there was a great response to that first one, and I think the second one people are gonna really love, too. Nobody knows what the future holds… but for now, this is what we’ve got planned: just to have Addison pop in and we’ll see what happens, what transpires.”

The medical drama, 'Grey's Anatomy,' which follows the personal and professional lives of the doctors at Seattle's Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is coming back with Season 19 on Thursday, October 6, 2022.