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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy Welcomes Back an Old Face

It’s been a while, but Grey’s Anatomy fans can expect a visit from Dr. Preston Burke in one of the final episodes this May.

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The last time viewers saw Dr. Preston Burke (played by Isaiah Washington, left), he was leaving Christina Yang (Sandra Oh, right) at the altar.

Who remembers 2007? That time that Isaiah Washington made a gay slur, followed by a public apology then left Grey’s Anatomy? That was one intense season finale: Christina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) overcomes all of her fears about marriage, gets her eyebrows shaved off and prepares to walk down the aisle — only to be confronted by Fiancé Preston Burke (Washington) telling her to forget about it all. And then she has that breakdown in her living room and the episode ends with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) seemingly holding her together. Talk about an emotional roller-coaster.

 So why bring Washington back?

Essentially? Because Sandra Oh is leaving Grey’s to pursue bigger and better things (which she will do brilliantly).

It’s time to wrap up Christina Yang’s story. One of the strengths of Grey’s Anatomy is how dynamic the characters are and Oh’s character was deeply affected by Burke’s cold feet. The evolution of Christina Yang has been one of the best things about the last ten seasons of the show, but her development necessitates some sort of final showdown or confrontation with the man who left her at the altar. Entertainment Weekly got the scoop from creator Shonda Rhimes,

“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should, Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

Given Shonda Rhimes talent and the snarky, confrontational nature of Christina Yang? That Burke/Yang moment of truth is going to be one for the ages.

Will you be tuning in?

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