Natalie Abrams
August 07, 2017 AT 08:21 AM EDT

A new romance might be in the air when Grey’s Anatomy returns.

After the season 13 finale hinted at a potential romance for Jackson (Jesse Williams) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary), fans of the ABC medical drama have spent the hiatus wondering if Japril is out and Jaggie — Mackson? — is in. April (Sarah Drew) pointed out the potential in the finale, telling Maggie she believes her ex-husband and the cardio doc — who grew close when Jackson treated Maggie’s dying mother — have feelings for one another.

“What April said to her literally had not crossed her mind, so I think it’s a question she’s grappling with — whether there’s any truth to that, and if there is, what to do with it, and if there’s not, how to manage if there’s truth for Jackson in that,” McCreary tells EW. “She’s on fertile ground trying basically to find out whether April was onto something she’s unaware of.”

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When Grey’s Anatomy returns this fall, the series will pick up right where the finale left off following the hospital explosion, which means April’s words will still be ringing in Maggie’s ears. So, will Maggie take a shot with Jackson? “The truth is that still remains to be seen,” McCreary says. “What’s ironic is that all of the reasons the fans might not want Jackson and Maggie to get together are the exact things that make really great drama. That’s true of life, too, the stuff that makes things a little bit messier is the stuff we think we don’t want, but ultimately makes us stronger, so if that’s where it goes, then there’s probably good story to mine and good lessons to teach there about humanity and god knows what else.”

“And if it doesn’t go there,” McCreary continues, “there’s still so much potential in that relationship because Jackson and Maggie haven’t spent a lot of meaningful time together, April and Maggie haven’t spent a lot of meaningful time together — those are new relationships that are absolutely as worthy of exploration as Amelia and Maggie and Meredith and Maggie, so why not?”

Grey’s Anatomy returns with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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