8 Ways 'Grey's Anatomy' Could Write Out Alex Karev (PHOTOS)

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Grey's Anatomy fans must say goodbye to Alex Karev — last seen in Episode 8 — in Thursday's "Leave a Light On."

Following news of Justin Chambers' exit in January, the ABC drama has given us bits and pieces about what his character has been up to off-screen. He was presumably off taking care of his mother, only for Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) to both reveal that wasn't the case in Episode 15.

'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Went Through the 5 Stages of Grief Before Alex's Farewell

'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Went Through the 5 Stages of Grief Before Alex's Farewell

Dr. Karev is out, and not since Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew's Season 14 departures have Grey's Anatomy fans been so upset.

So, what has he been up to? And how will Grey's write him out? Click through the gallery above for our theories.

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