Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC

By Lanford Beard
Updated February 09, 2017 03:31 PM

What will become of Alex Karev?

Last week’s Grey’s Anatomy brought the pediatric surgeon back after it was revealed he’d taken a plea deal — and jail time — for a violent outburst against surgical intern Dr. Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). And yet! when Karev showed up at Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) door at the end of the episode, he was definitely in jail.

Justin Chambers, who plays Karev, is opening up about what exactly Thursday’s episode of the hit ABC show will reveal about Alex, including some changes his character is set to undergo in weeks, and perhaps years to come.

“I’m happy he’s not in jail!” he told Entertainment Weekly, adding, “You’re going to find out in this next episode how he got off, but I’m happy he’s going back to the hospital, and he’s gonna be back working in [pediatrics] where he belongs, and curing young people.

He told Variety, “I think having everything taken from him — I think he learned a lot there, but I think he appreciates being in peace and he’s very good at what he does and he thrives there.”

Chambers, 46, sympathizes with Karev: “I just hope Alex finds some happiness. Crap. He just never seems to catch a break.” Looking forward, though, he gives fans a little hope, saying, “I’m thinking soon there might be some stability.”

Whether that stability happens in his fraught relationship with Camilla Luddington‘s Dr. Jo Wilson remains to be seen.

“This was a big deal for him to find out she’s not who he thought she was, and how do you come back from that?” he said to EW. “And from what happened, this whole situation with him beating up DeLuca, the misunderstandings and why she lied, it’s gonna be interesting to see how they can fix this and we’ll find out over the next few episodes.

Chambers added to Variety: “He was going to take a plea deal to protect his girl. They’re not together right now …. [and] he’s still angry with her, but if anyone knows anything about second chances, it’s Alex. So he has that to think about. She messed up, but there must be a piece of him that still feels for her. Love just doesn’t die like that.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.