By Natalie Abrams
Updated November 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
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Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Read at your own risk!

Are Amelia and Owen over faster than they started on Grey’s Anatomy?

After Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) revealed that she doesn’t want to have a baby, Owen (Kevin McKidd) decidedly returned to his wife instead of repeating history by doing something stupid like he did when he cheated on Cristina (Sandra Oh). But when he arrived home in the midseason finale, Amelia had left him what appeared to be a Dear John letter.

“Don’t make this all your fault. I know you. That’s what you do. But please, please don’t do that.”

Has Amelia left Owen? “For now, she has, which is horrible and heartbreaking for both of them,” McKidd tells EW. “For anybody to be in that much pain that they feel that’s their only course of action is very, very sad — that somebody that has gotten to that point where they feel there’s such a divide or such a break in their relationship that they have to do that.”

“My heart goes out to Amelia, because she’s in so much pain,” McKidd continues. “My heart goes out to Owen, because he’s obviously going to be in so much pain. He’s with this woman who he had to win back on their wedding day, and then now again she’s disappeared on him. He’s starting to ask big questions about where this is headed. He’s not an idiot.”

Chief among those questions is whether their marriage, which they rushed into in the first place, can actually survive such a fundamental difference of opinion. “Obviously it looks like she might not want to have kids, which is a core thing that Owen desperately wants and needs in his life that he couldn’t have with Cristina,” McKidd says. “He was convinced that he and Amelia were on the same page. Suddenly that page might’ve been turned, and we’re on a different page.”

Ultimately, that divide led to the dissolution of Owen and Cristina’s marriage in the past, so will history repeat itself in that regard for Owen and his new wife? “On many levels, it’s very sad and heartbreaking,” McKidd says. “I just don’t know if they’re going to make it. I hope they do. But again, it’s a fundamental divide or break in their relationship. Owen, rightly, at some point, will be like, ‘How many times should I be trying to win this person back? Shouldn’t this all be a little bit easier? Isn’t marriage meant to be something that we’re both in instead of running away from?’ The problem is, he also knows how much damage has been done and the darkness in her past, so he has a lot of empathy for that too, but he has to think about himself, too. It’s a very sad situation.”

Amelia disappearing is part and parcel of Scorsone being pregnant in real life — she welcomed her second child on election day — and needing some time off screen. But that doesn’t mean their problems will be resolved upon her return. “That is one of the practical reasons why this storyline was going this way; Caterina needs a little time with her new one,” McKidd says. “But what it does is it creates this very pivotal moment for Owen and Amelia. I really don’t know if they can recover from it. If Amelia can’t heal all these wounds inside of herself and can’t make peace or be on board with the idea of having a family, Owen really needs to ask himself that big question yet again, the big question he never wanted to ask ever himself again, which is the woman that he’s fallen deeply in love with just may not want to be on the same page as far as having kids. What does Owen do with that?”

We’ll find out when Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. In the meantime, stay tuned for more Grey’s Anatomy scoop from McKidd over the winter hiatus, and read our postmortem with Camilla Luddington on Alex and Jo’s future here.

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