The Cardio God of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is going to depart. Long-time Grey’s Anatomy cast member Kelly McCreary said today that her character’s tenure on the popular medical drama is coming to an end. In Season 19, which ABC is currently broadcasting, Maggie Pierce, who joined the plot in Season 9, will reach the conclusion of her arc. On April 13, her final episode will air, roughly marking the midpoint of the season.
Earlier, McCreary’s character was introduced to the series in 2013, and it was later discovered that she was a long-lost child of Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), who gave her up for adoption following a liaison with Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.). After that, she was adopted, and she didn’t go back to the Grey family’s universe until she finished medical school. Maggie was first unwelcomed by the show’s main heroine Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), but in subsequent seasons, the two grew to be as close as sisters are capable of being.
In an official statement, McCreary shared a touching parting letter recognizing her work on the long-running series. The note read, “After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family. It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of such a legendary television institution as ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ I will always be grateful to Shonda Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, and ABC for the opportunity, and to the incredible fans for their passionate support. To spend nine years exploring a character inside and out, while reaching a global audience with impactful stories, is a rare gift. It has afforded me an opportunity to collaborate with, learn from, and be inspired by countless brilliant artists both in front of and behind the camera. Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the true joys of my life and I leave with profound gratitude for every step of this journey. I am excited for this next chapter, and what the future holds.”