Grey’s Anatomy: What To Expect From Jackson And April In Season 13

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With September now upon us, one of the happiest times for television viewers is approaching: Fall TV premieres. After waiting for months, usually with major cliffhangers, our favorite network and cable shows are finally coming back. And while this is exciting for all TV viewers, it can be even more satisfying for fans of long running shows. Perhaps none is longer running than ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy, which is heading into its 13th season this fall. And with such a strong ensemble cast of characters, Grey's audiences have a ton of different plot lines to worry about this season. One of which is the on again/off again relationship between April Kepner and Jackson Avery.

Entertainment Weekly recently got to talk with Grey's Anatomy grand poobah Shonda Rhimes. When asked about what to expect from Jackson and April in the upcoming season, the Grey's creator said they'd be exploring their recent separation... a much lighter way, what it means to be uncoupled, to be divorced, and to have a kid, and how you do that? They're going to really try to do this in a healthy way, and is that healthy way going to feel so healthy when they still have feelings for each other?

Honestly, this sounds like a pretty awesome plot point to focus on this season. And rather than it relying heavy on drama, it will be refreshing to see the the story be fleshed out with a lighter tone.

April and Jackson's relationship has been a source of heavy Grey's Anatomy drama for years. What started as mere friendship quickly grew into something more when actors Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew were promoted to series regulars after the infamous shooter episode. Since then, we've seen the two surgeons at basically every stage in their romantic life possible. Jackson dated Lexi before her death, April became engaged to Paramedic Matt, and Jackson almost died in an ambulance explosion. Jackson eventually stopped Kepner's impending nuptials at the alter, and the two ran out of the ceremony together.

Since then, theres been breakups, make ups, and two pregnancies. The season finale saw April getting an emergency C-section in Meredith's house, and now the two are going to co-parent, while remaining separated and working together. It should be no problem, right?

We'd previously reported that Season 13 of Grey's Anatomy will focus on the remaining original cast members. These final four are Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Karev (Justin Chambers), Bailey (Chanrda Wilson), and Webber (James Pickens Jr.). This is probably why April and Jackson's plot line is going to be handled so much lighter- much of the heavy drama will focus on those original four.

Grey's Anatomy returns to ABC on September 22nd. Check here for our full fall TV premiere schedule.

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