Did Grey's Anatomy Cast Jo's Mystery Husband? Here's What We Know

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Grey's Anatomy isn't always the most straightforward series on television, and Dr. Jo Wilson is surrounded by a couple of the biggest mysteries currently surrounding the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. We don't actually know her real name, and we don't know the identity of her off-screen abusive husband. Now, the show has cast a new character who will appear later in the second half of Season 13 who sounds like he fits the bill of the mystery husband, and he'll be played by none other than Glee alum Matthew Morrison.

ABC has confirmed to CinemaBlend that Matthew Morrison has a guest spot on Grey's Anatomy, but could not share any details on who he'll be playing. Still, it wasn't too long ago that we discovered that Grey's Anatomy was looking to cast a charming and attractive male doctor who also happened to have a "manipulative, scary dark side." The ideal candidate would be a Caucasian in his 40s; at 38, I'd say that Matthew Morrison comes close enough to the physical description that he could have been cast as the villain.

Of course, that's not all we have to go on to believe that Matthew Morrison could be playing Jo's abusive husband. The actor himself shared a video on Instagram (which has since been deleted, but was preserved online by fans) revealing that he would be playing a character by the name of Dr. Paul Stadler. Morrison didn't give away what show he was working on, but the timing is really pointing toward him tackling the role of Jo's husband. Sure, they don't have the same last name, but Season 12 dropped the bombshell that "Jo Wilson" is actually an alias that she uses to avoid her husband discovering her location, and not all wives take their husbands' last names anyway.

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Then, there are the reports and unofficial social media sightings indicating that Matthew Morrison was filming with Justin Chambers for Grey's Anatomy last week. If any character other than Jo was going to have scenes with her abusive husband, I'd put my money on Alex. It's really sounding like Morrison is on board to finally introduce viewers (and Alex) to the man so awful and abusive that he sent his wife running to another city and a new name. Jo was too afraid to even divorce him because it would allow him to find out her location; we can bet that their reunion won't be pretty.

We'll have to wait and see. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news. You can see what's next for Jo yourself in new episodes of Grey's Anatomy, which air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your additional viewing options, and don't forget to check out our rundown of the 2017 TV renewals and cancellations.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.