OK, so I know that some big stuff happened in this episode, but there’s something more important to discuss than Owen and Amelia’s wedding, Jo’s big secret or April having a homemade C-section on Meredith’s kitchen island.
Callie Torres is leaving Grey’s Anatomy.
Let that sink in for a moment. The news can’t be a complete surprise as Sara Ramirez was still in contract negotiations and tweeted recently what felt like a goodbye after her scenes wrapped. We got undeniable confirmation from the actress herself just as Callie’s last scene with Arizona played out.
Ten years is a long time, and there’s no denying that Callie Torres was a hugely important character to the queer community and beyond. For those holding out hope for a Calzona reunion, it’s a bitter pill. While Grey’s never shies away from handing out the heartache, it’s still hard to swallow.
On the bright side, we still have Arizona, who has been allowed to shine as a character this season in a way we haven’t seen before. The break-up with Callie freed her character up to explore friendships and experiences outside of that tumultuous relationship. I have no doubt that in Season 13 that Grey’s will begin to explore romantic options for Arizona and now that she’s one of most veteran players.
So what exactly happened between Callie and Arizona in this last episode? Well, after their nasty custody battle and the break-up with Penny, Callie spiraled into a depression. It hardly went unnoticed by Arizona, who despite everything, still has a tremendous capacity for empathy and love. The day of Amelia and Owen’s wedding, Arizona sees Callie walking the halls like a ghost, and confesses to Bailey that even Sofia can’t help but sense Callie’s heartache.
Proving to be the good man in a storm we know her to be, Arizona shows up at Callie’s with Sofia and two plane tickets. She tells Callie that they went about all of this wrong, and she gives her blessing for Callie to take Sofia to New York and be with Penny. They will split up custody and figure out the details later. Callie is brought to tears and the two hug for the last time on-screen. There’s something to be said about giving oneself and the people you love the tools to be happy. Arizona knows she will find it, and she wants the same for Callie.
So now what? We will have to wait and see, but obviously losing a character like Callie when we’ve already experienced so much in the way of losses this year, is a huge blow. There will never be anyone else quite like her, and she’s been a literal lifesaver for some fans. I’m beyond grateful that she was given a peaceful exit, and we don’t have to deal with another needless queer character death. What did Calliope Torres mean to you? Let us know in the comments. I know I’m going to miss her dancing like no one’s watching.
So, what else happened on Grey’s during the finale?