Why Station 19 Needs To Be Done With Andy And Sullivan After The Season 4 Finale

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Spoilers ahead for the Season 4 finale of Station 19, called "Forever And Ever, Amen."

Station 19 has a knack for ending seasons on game-changing cliffhangers, even if finales don't always go according to plan. With the final episode of Season 4, Station 19 delivered enough suspiciously happy twists that it felt all but inevitable that the other shoe was going to drop by the time the final credits rolled, and it definitely did. The result? I'm ready for Station 19 to be done with Andy and Sullivan in Season 5.

Most of "Forever And Ever, Amen" centered on Maya and Carina's wedding, which Vic put together at her parents' restaurant and went off with surprisingly few hitches, but flashbacks to a couple of days prior explained why Andy and Sullivan were on the outs. After Maya made the decision to break protocol to save the life of a young boy despite being ordered otherwise by the incident commander, Sullivan pitched himself as Maya's replacement.

The episode ended on the reveal that Maya had been relieved of her duties as captain, with the rest of 19 finding out while Maya unknowingly danced with her new wife. I guess it wouldn't be a finale in the Grey's Anatomy/Station 19 universe if there wasn't some kind of troubling twist at the end, but can't the good ship Marina catch a break without something bad happening to one or both of them? No wonder Andy was furious!

Not only did Sullivan advance his own desire to rise up the ranks after his downfall last season, but he insisted that his sole purpose was to stop Andy's "family" at 19 from being split up because of the incident commander. Andy didn't even see Sullivan's pitch to be furious with him, and I know I bristled at seeing his comments about getting the house in order. Based on his history on the series to date, I'm more inclined to believe that Sullivan is working for his own cause than anything else, even if he does want to make Andy happy.

Admittedly, I haven't been a fan of Andy and Sullivan's relationship ever since Sullivan outed their relationship despite her clearly not being ready for that, but based on Sullivan maneuvering his way into Maya's job and Andy's reaction, it seems like the show is in the process of breaking down their relationship. Andy even called herself out for how quickly she and Sullivan got married, the hard truths she learned about him and their dynamic after they tied the knot, and seemed altogether happier when he wasn't around.

That's not to say that Station 19 has to be done with Andy and Sullivan for good because of what went down in the finale, but I definitely think what went down in "Forever And Ever, Amen" means that Station 19 needs to be done with them for at least the beginning of Season 5. I've watched enough seasons of Grey's Anatomy to acknowledge that relationships in this TV universe can wax and wane on a regular basis.

Who could have guessed that Grey's would deliver a Meredith and Derek wedding even years after Patrick Dempsey's character was killed off, or that Japril would kinda sorta end up endgame despite all the factors working against them, or even Alex running off into the sunset to be with Izzie in an especially divisive twist? If Grey's can change the fabric of the show to bring a couple back together, even I can admit that all hope isn't lost for Andy and Sullivan on the Grey's spinoff. But I'm still hoping that Station 19 doesn't resolve all their issues right off the bat in Season 5.

Station 19 will return to ABC for Season 5 in the 2021-2022 TV season, along with Grey's Anatomy after it finally received the renewal for Season 18. For some viewing options during the hiatus, be sure to check out our 2021 summer TV premiere guide, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV and movie news.

Laura Hurley
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