WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from the season 14 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!
After more than a season of tension between Jo and Alex, the duo finally reunited in the season 14 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy — but will their happiness last?
During Thursday’s two-hour premiere, Jo (Camilla Luddington) made it clear to DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) that she was still in love with Alex (Justin Chambers). But instead of admitting that to Alex, she decidedly slept with an inept sub-intern dubbed “Glasses” after he dropped his spectacles in an open wound in the OR. Yup, seriously.
Instead of being angry, Alex actually got a good laugh out of it. But once he heard from Jo’s new person, Ben (Jason George), that Jo fears Alex could someday physically hurt her, Alex is quick to confess that he tracked down her abusive husband Paul (Matthew Morrison) in a bid to protect her — he could never hurt her, he pleads. And Jo, so impressed that he came face to face with Paul and didn’t kill him, decidedly kisses Alex. Does this mean they’re back together? EW sat down with Luddington on set to get the scoop.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that Jo knows Alex tracked down Paul, how will she feel about that moving forward?
CAMILLA LUDDINGTON: Her initial reaction, which you saw, was that she was really worried about what that meant in terms of her own safety, Alex’s safety, and also what Alex did in the situation, because obviously he could have made things a lot worse. The fact that he chose not to [do anything physical] meant everything to her. It showed her a lot of things. He talks, in that conversation, about how he would never be violent with her. I think his own judgment, in that situation, shows that Alex is thinking twice when he’s making decisions, and that’s all she needed to hear. For her, it means that she still feels safe. She kisses Alex, so obviously there’s some sort of step forward now with them.
Are they dipping a toe in getting back together, or are they fully back together?
It’s the first step, but do I think that they continue to take more steps together? I think that we’ll have to wait and see. But definitely that kiss was some sort of reconciliation in terms of them having not spoken for so long, and finally having a conversation where he was so honest with her, and that’s all she needed to hear. But yes, I think it’s a toe in the water.
What does that mean for their living situation?
It’s interesting you say that. I don’t know. I really love working and filming in the loft, because actually it reminds us of a play, the way the loft is built. So, we’re always wanting them to get back together, and Alex to move back into the loft. So that’s something we’ll be asking for, but that’s a big step they have to decide on making again. And so I hope it happens, but I don’t know; I haven’t read it yet.
Yes, she’s happy Alex didn’t beat up Paul, but is there fear now that Paul could somehow track her down?
I think because Alex didn’t say anything to him, I feel like she won’t feel that there’s that fear there. Also, she now knows where he is. So there’s power in knowledge, and he feels very far away. Right now, there’s still a feeling of safety, and maybe even comfort, in knowing that he’s so far from her. But yeah, I don’t think she feels an immediate threat after the conversation, which is a big deal to her.
And yet he is coming back.
They haven’t confirmed it. ABC has not confirmed Matthew Morrison is coming back. That’s all I can say, but I’ll still try to answer a question.
Can you, from an actor’s perspective, talk about prepping — at least in your head — to explore this other side once he does come back into the picture?
I feel like this has been the weight on Jo, because obviously I didn’t know she was married until the end of season 12, then I felt like all of 13, I personally, as an actor, felt all this weight on her from it. And I realize that’s something she can’t shake maybe until they do see each other again. It’s a very important story to tell. I’m honored to be part of that story, and I hope that we do see him, and hopefully it does lead to some sort of healing and closure for her. But it’s also kind of terrifying, the idea of seeing him again, because the way she’s described him is that he’s very, very, very manipulative, and he’s a very frightening person. I would love her to have the strength to continue to stand up for herself, but we haven’t seen what that relationship is like together yet. So, we’ll have to see, if they do meet, what that means for her.
Yeah, because would she want to turn to violence herself in that case? Her altercation with Chest Peckwell was even alluded to in the premiere.
I don’t think her intention is ever to do something like that. We talked about that situation, actually, at the beginning of this season. It was something I talked about with the writers, the Chest Peckwell situation, just talking about that moment of feeling like she was threatened and she felt like she had to defend herself. I don’t think Jo ever wanted to be in a situation like that. Do I think if she ever had to fight for her life she would? Yes, I think that there’s a lot of people that would. Hopefully she’s not ever put in that situation again.
Jo made it clear she doesn’t have feelings for DeLuca in the premiere. How does that affect their relationship moving forward?
Jo’s obviously made it really clear, at this point, that she is still in love with Alex. And so I don’t think that there is any hope for JoLuca to happen, which I get the feeling that a lot of people might be happy about. But I think that she does hope that they can be friends. She needs a friendship circle, and I genuinely think she doesn’t want it to be awkward, and I think she genuinely also enjoys him as a friend. But now she may have ruined it.
Do you think time apart could heal those wounds?
I think so. I think so. I don’t think of DeLuca as someone who holds a grudge. What she likes about him is that he does seem straightforward and rational. So hopefully time will heal those wounds, because I actually love those scenes of them as friends together. I just don’t think that Jo was ever in a place where she was really over Alex.
Then why would she sleep with that sub-intern?!
In that moment, her and Alex have been broken up at this point for a very long time, I don’t think she thinks there’s going to be any reconciliation, she feels like too much has happened, or she felt like too much had happened, and it was just a bad idea; it would cause too much drama to get back with him. She saw this glasses-wearing sub-I, and she just felt like, “Screw it, maybe it’ll help me get over him,” and there’s immediate regret.
How awkward will that be for her moving forward?
It’s awful. Even the scenes that I have to do with him, I keep laughing because I genuinely find it awkward, like I blush doing my scenes with him.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our postmortem with Kevin McKidd about the big Amelia reveal here, and read our postmortem with Jessica Capshaw about Arizona’s new love interest here.