The lack of closure between Owen and Cristina will come to a head during Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Ever since Cristina (Sandra Oh) left Grey Sloan Memorial in last year’s season finale, Owen (Kevin McKidd) has thrown himself into work in a bid to distract himself from the pain of her absence. “Every single minute of the day he’s struggling, but he’s putting a face on to the world,” McKidd tells EW from the set of the ABC medical drama.
But Owen will no longer be able to live in denial when a case with Callie (Sara Ramirez) brings out an influx of emotions. “His buttons get pushed and he’s triggered a little bit,” McKidd says. “The floodgates open and you find out where he’s at. He is doing that Owen thing by taking the energy and loss he’s feeling by Cristina being gone and he’s trying to use the power of his emotions to try and do some good, but it backfires a little bit.”
His passion to do good will initially rub Callie the wrong way after he “cajoles her into meeting some veterans,” McKidd says. “They’re developing this new and innovative range of fake limbs for amputees. He pitches to Callie that it should be a joint project for the two of them and they should dedicate themselves to wounded warriors. It’s very emotional because all Owen wants to do is help these guys who have been in the war zones he’s been to.”
As for whether opening up is the first step towards moving on, McKidd teases that there might be love on the very distant horizon. “It hasn’t quite happened yet, but I hear it’s coming,” he says. “He’ll definitely get involved with somebody at some point. I don’t know when it will be yet.”
Though there were early talk of possibly pairing Owen with Amelia (Caterina Scorsone), McKidd says their characters have very rarely crossed paths until the episode the cast is currently shooting—though their interaction might not be what you imagined. Still, McKidd is open to the idea of exploring Owen and Amelia once his character has had a chance to heal. “Knowing briefly what her character has been through and what he’s been through, it does seem like a good fit,” he says. “Owen doesn’t like things to be easy emotionally or romantically, so it might be a good fit.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.