'Grey's Anatomy' Says Goodbye to Martin Henderson

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Pictured: KEVIN MCKIDD, ELLEN POMPEO, MARTIN HENDERSON, KELLY MCCREARY

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Thursday, Oct. 26, episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Danger Zone.”]

Another Meredith Grey love interest bites the dust, but at least this time he didn’t die.

At the end of Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) and newly reunited love, Megan Hunt (Abigail Spencer), moved to the beaches of California to start a new life. Viewers were left to assume neither would return to the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital again. Although, this being Shondaland, anything is possible. “I would never close the door. In my mind it’s been left open-ended enough,” Henderson told Deadline.

In a statement, series creator Shonda Rhimes explained Henderson’s exit: “I loved that we were able to give Riggs a happy ending worthy of his character and talent. As for Martin, this is not an ending for our relationship. He has been part of the Shondaland family since the pilot of Inside the Box and he will always be family. I can’t wait to find a new project to work with him on in the future.”

Martin Henderson

The episode, which took place completely outside the walls of the hospital, flashed back to the events leading up to Megan’s capture in Iraq ten years prior, including her tumultuous relationship with her brother Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Nathan.

Henderson joined Grey’s Anatomy in its twelfth season as Riggs, who was poised to become Meredith Grey’s next great love following the death of her husband Derek (Patrick Dempsey) in Season 11.

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“I was obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy when it hit the air,” Spencer says.

Spencer, who stars on NBC’s revived-from-cancellation series Timeless, guest starred in the first five episodes of Grey's this season. Her arc also concluded with Thursday’s episode.

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