After practically a decade on Gray’s Anatomy, Maggie Pierce is leaving Seattle for windier pastures. Within the midst of a rocky interval with Winston, the cardio physician introduced her intention to transfer to Chicago. “I’m gonna take my extraordinary ardour, and I’m gonna use it to construct hearts that may save hundreds of lives,” she informed him within the present’s April 6 episode.

Based on Deadline, Kelly McCreary expressed her need to depart the present to “pursue different alternatives.” However in a current goodbye submit, the actor had nothing however gratitude for her time on Gray’s — citing “buckets of tears, innumerable suits of laughter, all of the medical jargon mastered, a slew of pals for all times, [and] myriad collaborators who grew me as an artist.” Fortuitously, as current seasons have proved, surgeons who go away Gray Sloan are likely to have an open invitation to return.

Nonetheless want some closure, although? To ship her off, right here’s a glance again at a few of Maggie’s eight greatest Gray’s Anatomy episodes, relationship all the way in which again to Season 10. They’re price a rewatch if you wish to higher perceive Maggie’s interior workings, or just miss her early days on the hospital.

Maggie’s Huge Reveal

Season 10, Episode 24

Let’s take it again to early 2014. Derek was alive and effectively, Calzona was nonetheless (barely) hanging on, and a brand new physician was on her approach to Seattle with some very private baggage. In Season 10’s “Worry (of the Unknown),” Maggie began her new job as the top of cardio and informed Richard all about her stunning connection to the hospital — that her beginning mother was as soon as a surgeon there, and her title occurred to be Ellis Gray.

It’s chilling to observe the conclusion wash over Richard’s face and know {that a} new department of Meredith’s household tree has simply emerged. Actually, it’s a kind of basic, gasp-worthy Gray’s moments that match the stakes of earlier end-of-season reveals, like Addison’s debut in Season 1 or George’s destiny as 007 in Season 5.

When She Punched A Homophobe

Season 12, Episode 1

Regardless of being youthful than her friends, Maggie was at all times one of many hospital’s extra skilled, by-the-book surgeons — making the uncommon moments the place she acted on impulse all of the extra enjoyable. Exhibit A? The Season 12 premiere, when Maggie couldn’t assist however punch a affected person’s mother within the face for occurring a homophobic rant. “I misplaced management,” she informed her fellow docs. “I’m a monster!” They, in fact, had nothing however help for Maggie’s transfer.

That Extremely Awkward Dinner Get together

Season 12, Episode 5

Is there any Gray’s Anatomy line extra iconic than Meredith’s “Good Penny killed my husband” throughout Season 12’s disastrous banquet? Most likely not! Whereas this episode is greatest identified for the awkward confrontation between Meredith and the surgeon who couldn’t save Derek’s life, it additionally has some enjoyable early moments between Meredith, Amelia, and Maggie as a budding household unit. In a single standout scene, they assembled within the toilet collectively: Meredith on the ground having a panic assault, Maggie peeing in disaster as a result of she thinks she caught an STI from DeLuca, and Amelia telling her to “girl up” and begin serving to with dinner, please.

Maggie’s Mother Dies

Season 13, Episode 18

Maggie’s first brush with Gray’s trauma arrived the following season, when she supported her mother, Diane, by means of her remedy for breast most cancers. Optimistic till the top, Maggie wasn’t able to imagine that her mother would actually die — however sadly, that’s precisely what occurred. Maggie was doing her mother’s nails as she listened to her last phrases of knowledge (“Be slightly lazy… or slightly slutty”) when Diane handed away. Be warned: It’s a kind of Gray’s scenes that may make you cry each time you watch.

One other Household Tragedy

Season 16, Episode 7

Each surgeon on Gray’s has that one affected person loss that makes them query every part — and for Maggie, that was Sabi. Her organic cousin by means of Richard, Sabi traveled to Seattle to get surgical procedure on her coronary heart tumor. Whereas Richard was hesitant to have Maggie function on Sabi, Maggie was assured. Tragically, although, she misplaced Sabi in surgical procedure, partially resulting from an working room miscommunication.

What made the second much more emotional was the truth that McCreary’s real-life sister, Crystal McCreary, performed Sabi. “After I thought of my sister being on the desk, it caught me up,” the Gray’s star informed Leisure Weekly.

Maggie & Winston Meet (Once more)

Season 16, Episode 19

Lots of Maggie and Winston’s current storylines have revolved across the rising pressure of their marriage. Three seasons in the past, they met at a Los Angeles surgical convention, and it was a steamy time. Winston was Maggie’s resident again in Boston, however it wasn’t till the convention that he confessed his crush on her. What adopted was a Earlier than Dawn-esque sequence of resort room hookups and deep talks by the indoor swimming pool. As Winston put it, “I can’t say that I’ve by no means connected at certainly one of these, however I’ve by no means performed this … falling this difficult in a single night time.”

Maggie concurred, establishing that this may be a quick-moving however very actual relationship.

The Seashore Marriage ceremony

Season 17, Episode 17

Talking of quick-moving, Maggie and Winston’s wedding ceremony occurred the following season! Whereas all Gray’s weddings are enjoyable, this one had particular significance — as the attractive seaside nuptials symbolically marked the top of the present’s COVID chapter. And watching Richard officiate his long-lost daughter’s wedding ceremony? Tears!

Ellis’ Letter

Season 18, Episode 12

After discovering a letter from her beginning mother, Ellis, Maggie had a fever dream the place she got here nose to nose with the girl herself — listening to her talk about her relationship with Webber and her resolution to place Maggie up for adoption. It didn’t present Maggie a lot closure: “I used to really feel like there was one thing lacking, and I simply figured it was her,” she stated, burning Ellis’s letter. “I don’t really feel that method anymore.” Nevertheless it gave viewers an opportunity to grasp Maggie’s interior workings slightly bit extra. In spite of everything, a lot of Meredith’s early Gray’s journey was formed by her difficult relationship with Ellis — it solely is smart that her sister was due for a equally twisty encounter.

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