In Shonda Rhimes’ original Grey’s Anatomy pitch, there was no Alex Karev, ELLE.com revealed after sitting in on the show creator’s online television writing masterclass. Alex was added in after the pilot was shot. This is really hard to believe since Alex has become such an integral character to Grey’s Anatomy. He’s Meredith Grey’s second person (after Cristina), for crying out loud!
Could you imagine a Grey’s Anatomy without Alex Karev? Impossible. While he was snarky and definitely a d*ck at first, he ultimately revealed his heart of gold. The moment he held Izzie after Denny died proved that Alex was a great guy.
Shonda also revealed some other show secrets that will leave your jaw on the floor. Miranda Bailey was originally named Deborah and was supposed to get into an “odd but hot” sexual relationship with George O’Malley. Okay, WHAT?! We’re so glad George and Bailey ended up being just friends. Also, Derek Shepherd was supposed to have a teenage daughter who convinced him to take the job at the hospital.
Grey’s Anatomy is gearing up for its 13th season finale on May 18. The doctors’ lives are at risk after a dangerous patient escapes the hospital room, and Alex must make a hard choice in his relationship with Jo.
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