Grey’s Anatomy may be a McDreamy-less world but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer the show we’ve known and loved for 12 seasons. Grey’s has managed to not only stay true to itself but maintained its awesomeness, all by injecting some new life into its characters, both old and new.
That being said, we’ve always wondered what would happen if some past favourites found their way back to the halls — and on-call rooms — of Grey Sloan Memorial. Because there are some characters who we would love to rescuscitate.
If only we could bring these ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ characters back
Cristina Yang (Seasons 1-10)Where she went: Zurich, taking over the chief medical officer duties at the hospital her ex, Preston Burke, founded.
Why we miss her: Meredith needs her person! Cristina would've helped her mourn the loss of Derek, and Mer wouldn't have disappeared for all those months. Oh, and Owen needs Yang back in his life.ABC
Izzie Stevens (Seasons 1-6)Where she went: She overcame cancer, was re-hired after the hospital fired her, but Izzie still hit the road, from where she sent Alex divorce papers.
Why we miss her: Say what you want about Katherine Heigl but there's no denying she was a fan fave. With Alex and Jo living happily ever after, now would be the perfect time for his ex-wife to return.ABC
George O'Malley (Seasons 1-5)Where he went: In the series' most shocking moment (yeah, we said it), we learned the unidentifiable hero the doctors had been calling John Doe — because he threw himself in front of a bus to save a complete stranger and was then dragged under said bus for blocks — was actually our George.
Why we miss him: He was the rock, the glue, the voice of reason.ABC
Addison Montgomery (Seasons 2-3 and a handful of guest appearances)Where she went: Addie decided to have a baby on her own and visited her fertility specialist pal, Naomi, in Los Angeles. She ended up joining Oceanside Wellness and quickly became director of the practice.
Why we miss her: Addison was smart, fun and sassy and the hospital could use an obstetrics pro.ABC
Preston Burke (Seasons 1-3)Where he went: He left Cristina at the altar, never to be seen again... until Season 10 when he lured Yang to Switzerland to give a speech but, really, it was so he could ask her to take over running his hospital.
Why we miss him: He helped Yang become the amazing doctor and woman she is, and she taught him how to love and be loved.ABC
Lexie Grey (Seasons 4-8)Where she went: In the most heartbreaking death of the series, Little Grey died in the devastating plane crash of Season 8. Crushed under debris from the plane, Mark held her hand and professed his love for her and while fantasizing of the future together, she succumbed to her injuries — before Meredith could say goodbye.
Why we miss her: She was brilliant and sweet, the character with whom viewers probably most identified, and could be the gal pal Maggie so desperately needs.ABC
Mark Sloan (Seasons 3-9)Where he went: He suffered extensive injuries in the plane crash that killed longtime love Lexie, but was put on life support until they pulled the plug.
Why we miss him: He was McSteamy! His friendships with Derek, Callie and Jackson were incomparable, as was his relationship with Lexie.ABC
Erica Hahn (Seasons 2-5)Where she went: Hahn kind of just disappeared, heading to her car never to return to the hospital (because she didn't want to be in a relationship with Callie, who was still unsure of her sexuality).
Why we miss her: The show was at its soapy peak during Erica's stint, and we rolled our eyes right along with her. She was the strong, professional one, side-eyeing all the romantic shenanigans happening around her.ABC
Teddy Altman (Seasons 6-8)Where she went: Hunt fired her so she would take a job with the U.S. Army. And after all her and Owen's ups and downs, not to mention the death of husband Henry, she needed a clean break and peaced out.
Why we miss her: Because Owen really needs a friend like Teddy around, someone who knew him almost better than himself. And we kind of loved how tight she and Bailey were.ABC
Derek Shepherd (Seasons 1-11)Where he went: If you don't know, then you don't watch Grey's. Or have access to the Internet. He died! And just like O'Malley, in a most devastating way — saving the lives of others after a car wreck.
Why we miss him: He was our McDreamy! And he and Mer had finally worked things out and were having another baby and Oh. My. Gee. Let the ugly tears commence. Again.ABC