Grey's Anatomy: Sarah Drew talks heartbreaking Jackson-April reveal
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!
Grey’s Anatomy did one of their special episodes on Thursday, delving into Jackson and April’s past in order to reveal their (bleak) future.
In reverse chronological order, the hour flashed back all the way to when Jackson (Jesse Williams) and April (Sarah Drew) first met during their Mercy West days, following the couple all the way through losing their baby and into the present, in which they — brace yourselves — sign their divorce papers. Gasp! What’s more, April is revealed to be pregnant again! EW caught up with Drew to get the scoop on what’s next:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Jackson and April really sign the divorce papers! Were you surprised she went through with it?
SARAH DREW: I don’t think she went through with it, as much as I think he demanded it and she had to respond. I think that she wasn’t going to refuse after trying really hard, and after he’s sitting there with lawyers having signed the papers himself. She needs to ultimately give him what he’s asking for. I kind of hoped that the episode would start in the lawyer’s office, and then during the course of the flashbacks, they realize how much they have to fight for and they wind up tearing up the papers. But that was not what happened, so I was very surprised by that. But I was also very surprised to discover that she was pregnant. There’s this incredibly hopeful beacon of light in the midst of tragedy.
How is April dealing in the wake of signing the papers, especially knowing that she’s pregnant?
You’re going to see an April that you don’t expect. She is more resilient than she’s ever been. This baby really is this thing that is keeping her heart pulled together. She has a tremendous amount of hope and gratitude. She’s embracing this baby as her great gift in the midst of this pain. You’ll see her not really falling a part so much right off the bat. She’s there at work. She’s being kickass like she is. She’s in ORs doing awesome surgeries. She’s doing her job well. She’s keeping her s— together. She’s strong. She’s really resilient.
Will she struggle with whether to tell Jackson about the baby, especially if it would force his hand to be with her again? Does she almost not want it that way?
That’s something that we talk about in the next couple of episodes, for sure. The end of this episode is not the end of anything. It is the beginning of a much bigger story. We have a lot of story to tell that is all intertwined in this baby and her decision how, when and if to tell Jackson about the pregnancy, and how all of that comes to light. The next eight episodes, there’s a lot of story that happens. This is really just a jumping-off point.
Does the divorce shake her faith at all?
No, because I think the baby solidifies her sense that God is still with her; that is her great sign that she’s not alone. That’s at least my perspective. It’s not necessarily something April talks about out loud, but it’s how I’ve been approaching these next episodes.
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Given what happened last time with her pregnancy, do you find April being more cautious now that she’s pregnant again?
The way that she handles this pregnancy is going to be very surprising to a lot of people. There are going to be two very separate camps about whether people think she’s handling it in the right way or the wrong way.
Is there a future in which we see either of them dating elsewhere?
Sure, I guess so, that’s always a possibility. Speaking as a woman who has been pregnant twice, romance is just not really at the forefront of one’s mind when throwing up in the toilet and growing six sizes bigger than yourself. But anything’s possible. Some people love being pregnant!
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.