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Grey's Anatomy: Are Jo and Alex on the road to recovery?

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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the midseason finale of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!

Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) may be on the road to recovery on Grey’s Anatomy after the months of iciness that followed Alex beating DeLuca within an inch of his life.

With Alex’s trial nigh, Jo discovered she’d have to testify, and her testimony would be made public record, which means the abusive husband she long ago ran from would discover her location. Despite her fear, Jo was prepared to testify, and even told Alex the truth about her past. However, Alex nearly made that point moot by trying to cut a deal with the DA that would see him spending the next two years in jail.

A last-minute voicemail from Meredith made Alex reconsider, meaning Jo will likely be taking the stand when Grey’s Anatomy returns from the winter hiatus. How will she handle her past coming back to haunt her? EW turned to Luddington to find out:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that Jo has told Alex the truth, can they start to heal their relationship?

CAMILLA LUDDINGTON: I think that it’s for sure a step forward, but I’m not sure what direction it’ll be in. I am hoping that with both of them being so vulnerable with each other, it can open up communication again. But this is Shondaland; reconciliation is never made easy and sometimes simply doesn’t happen. Do I think they’ll be more road blocks? I can’t imagine good drama without them.

It appears that Alex is going to go through with the trial. We know that Jo is ready to testify. Can you talk about her mindset going into this knowing that her husband could finally find her? Is she essentially ready to stand and fight?

She absolutely has a lot of fear. Her initial reaction was to run, but I think Alex telling her to stand her ground was something she had never heard before — or perhaps she had, but coming from him, in that particular moment, it really struck a chord. She has a lot of fight in her, she’s a survivor, and I think yes, she decided she’s not ready to let go of what she has worked so hard to build. She’s terrified, but she’s taking a stand.

Will we get to meet her husband in the latter half of the season?

I think people don’t realize that the cast are often as blindsided by storylines as the audience is. I have absolutely no clue what the latter half of the season holds. I feel like we have to meet him though. I want to meet him. He’s cast such a heavy shadow over Jo, I want her to have some sort of closure. If she gets it by facing him, then so be it.

Should we be worried that Alex may still do something stupid in regards to her husband?

I would like to think not, that he will have grown from the altercation from Andrew, but who knows? The thing I love about Grey’s Anatomy is that the characters are messy. They’re flawed. They don’t always do the right thing, and it’s painful and frustrating to watch.

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Stay tuned for more Grey’s Anatomy scoop from Luddington over the winter hiatus, and read our postmortem with Kevin McKidd about Amelia and Owen’s future here.

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