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They say you should never chase a love halfway across the world, but what do you do when you’re completely sure that the love in question is your soul mate? After everything that Maggie and Sydney have been through on Saving Hope (Thursdays, 9 p.m., CTV), we’re pretty sure that’s how they see each other at any rate.

So knowing that, it made Maggie’s decision to join Sydney at her new job posting in London (England — not Ontario) that much more bittersweet. On one hand, it felt like those two had barely been together for a heartbeat. Plus Maggie was going to have to restart her career — after she worked really damned hard to get where she was. On the other hand, these two characters have such a huge history together and are so perfectly suited that you couldn’t help but want them to have a happy ending.

It just would have been a happier ending had they stayed at Hope Zion. For us viewers, anyhow.

However, by the end of Thursday’s episode, Maggie had indeed left her job (and the show), and that means there’s going to be a real void around the hospital for these final few episodes (six more to go, but who’s counting?). Here are just a few ways Maggie’s absence will impact things going forward.

Alex has lost her best friend

Okay, so Alex is having a girl, and as she noted in the episode, the posting for a new BFF is now open following Maggie’s departure. Sure, that was a nice way for her to bond with her unborn child after she feared a lack of bonding in general, but we all know that a kid can’t be your best friend. (Unless you’re Lorelei Gilmore, but that’s just a special case.) Without Maggie to help pick Alex up and give her sound advice when she starts spinning, we’re seriously concerned for Alex’s future judgment. Luckily Shahir is still around in that regard and we’re hoping he can advise her appropriately.

Who will Zach banter with?

If any two docs deserved their own web series it was Zach Miller and Maggie Lin. There was something sweet about the way Maggie softened the cantankerous ER doctor up when he was having a frustrating day (as most days in the ER tend to be). And we equally loved the way he ribbed on her and forced her to confront her feelings. Yup, this duo will be seriously missed.

The LGBTQ factor

With Maggie’s exit comes the loss of the show’s only gay female character, which is a shame. Of course Saving Hope has never shied away from embracing sexuality of all kinds, so this particular thread isn’t necessarily as hard to swallow as the others. And in terms of overall LGBTQ representation, we still have Shahir, who is going through some pretty great (not to mention heavy) stuff with this upcoming adoption storyline. So… there’s that?

We need someone else to deliver the zingers

Okay so maybe this reason isn’t as important as all of the others, but we can probably all agree that when it came to one-liners, Maggie was the queen. And while we love and adore all of the other remaining characters, we’re having a hard time figuring out who might take up that mantle. Dawn? Too sarcastic. Dr. Dana? Possibly… but she’s only been in a limited number of episodes this season. Sigh. Let’s face it: there’s just no replacing this awesome character.

Enjoy London, Maggie, because you will be sorely missed. Julia Taylor Ross, our hats off to you for playing that character with such pizzazz from the very beginning.

 

Saving Hope airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.