November 17, 2016 09:00 AM

Alex and Jo are saying goodbye.

On Thursday evening’s winter season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, former flames Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Dr. Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) come face-to-face and say their farewells to one another.

After audiences watched Alex brutally beat up Dr. Andrew DeLuca on the season 12 finale when he found the fellow doctor in a compromising position with Jo while she was drunk, she has since been called into court to testify against her ex-beau. But although Alex doesn’t want to talk about the drama that is going on between the trio, he uses the opportunity to apologize for what he said to her — and since regrets.

“After tomorrow, we might not get a chance to talk. I might not see you after,” Alex says to Jo in the PEOPLE exclusive clip. “I just wanted to say I’m sorry.”

“Alex, you’ve said that. I know,” Jo replies.

“I mean for the things that I’ve said. You’re not trash. Don’t ever let anyone say that. I’m sorry and I — you’re not trash, Jo,” he says as tears well up in his eyes.

Watch the season 13 winter finale of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST on the ABC. The show will return Jan. 19.

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