Few television characters have divided the internet the way Teddy (Kim Raver) did when she made the controversial choice to go with baby daddy Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) on the season finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
Sure, once upon a time we were totally #TeamOwen, given how much Owen and Teddy love(d?) each other, and how perfectly suited for each other they were. But then he went and chose Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and blew it all up. When Teddy was pregnant, by the way.
So when Teddy found solace, love, and lots and lots of laughter with Tom Koracick (Greg Germann), we totally changed our tune. How could we not, when Tom seemed to appreciate Teddy for exactly who she was, while fighting for her and treating her like gold? Seriously, if only all men could sign pregnant ladies up for foot massages on Valentine’s Day and work overtime to minimize their stress.
Sadly, it seems like that perfect relationship wasn’t meant to last. It just goes to show you what a little therapy and some pregnancy hormones will to do a person, huh? Still, that doesn’t make Teddy’s sudden decision any less surprising.
According to Germann, he was as surprised as we were when Teddy chose/picked/loved Owen right before (and technically during) her delivery. The actor was in Toronto on Thursday to celebrate the CTV Upfront, and he says he didn’t see that particular twist coming before reading the final script.
“I loved that they did that. We do read-throughs before every episode, and the episode before that, our showrunner Krista Vernoff came to me and said, ‘Just wait until you see what’s going to happen. You won’t believe it.’ I thought it was a bold choice, but I love that.”
Of course at the end of the finale, Tom has no idea that Teddy has made such a life-altering decision. He’s last seen happily munching on a sandwich and putting together baby furniture in the perfect apartment that he helped Teddy rent, not knowing that his entire life is about to blow up.
The good news is that Germann will return in season 16 now that he’s been promoted from a recurring guest star to a series regular. And even though Vernoff and the other writers had a meeting with him at the end of season 15 to talk about what kinds of things he could see coming down the pike for Tom, he isn’t sure how he wants a confrontation with Teddy or Owen to actually play out.
“I have a lot of faith in these writers. When we had that meeting I was a little bit shy about it, because they do such a great job,” he says. “You can’t argue with success and they’ve had many championship seasons. My only note to them was that I like that the character is uncompromising. I don’t want to see him do something that goes against the grain of the character. So if it’s not Teddy—and if it is Teddy, great—but if it’s not, I want to belong somewhere. As an actor I’m so excited to make this my home and I think the character too is looking for a home. He’s trying to find a way to connect and belong somewhere. I have a lot of faith in these writers. I think they’ll know exactly what to do.”
Now if only season 16 could hurry up and come already.