What happened to "Alex Karev"? We will finally get the answers we have been waiting for on Thursday. Cast members have been teasing fans on social media and interviews with hints alluding to the characters return since his sudden departure in November.

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Grey's Anatomy: Where in the world is "Alex"?

We had hints and suspicions that "Alex" was not really in Iowa caring for his sick mother and finally in the last episode, "Jo" (Ellen Pompeo) broke down and admitted her husband had been keeping secrets from her! "Jo" was left overwhelmed and in tears at the thought that "Alex" had really left her for good before we got a sneak peak trailer for next weeks episode. We even see sweet and memorable flashbacks to the very beginning when the crew were just young interns.

Justin Chambers wants to broaden his career goals

“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years” Chambers told ET. He wants to broaden his horizons and try new and different acting roles. "Alex Karev" will be missed!