This season, Grey Sloan Memorial will be without both of Ellis Grey’s daughters. Kelly McCreary, who has played Meredith Grey’s (Ellen Pompeo) half-sister Maggie Pierce and the head of the hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery since the conclusion of Season 10, is leaving ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy after nine years. Her final episode as a regular will air on April 13. Maggie will see Grey Sloan’s doctors later this season, similar to Pompeo, who is going back for the Season 19 finale following Meredith’s huge sendoff on Feb. 23.
Kelly McCreary Is Moving On
“After nine seasons, I am saying goodbye to Maggie Pierce and her Grey Sloan family,” Kelly McCreary said, thanking Grey’s Anatomy creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes, executive producer/showrunner Krista Vernoff, and ABC for the opportunity to work on the “legendary television institution” that is Grey’s Anatomy.
“Playing Maggie Pierce has been one of the genuine joys of my life, and I depart with heartfelt thanks for every step of this adventure. “I am looking forward to the next chapter and seeing what the future brings.” Pierce’s Grey’s exit has been carefully planned, as was Pompeo’s Meredith Grey’s departure from Seattle in the midseason premiere.
I understand she informed the writers ahead of time of her wish to leave Grey Sloan and explore other possibilities, which resulted in Maggie’s Season 19 narrative being written as the character’s concluding section at Grey Sloan, building towards her future departure. Maggie and Winston’s (Anthony Hill) increasing marital issues have dominated the final narrative. Maggie debuted in the last episode of Season 10 and is known for his perfectionism and desire to be in control. Maggie was revealed to be the real daughter of Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) and Meredith’s late mother, Ellis Grey, in an episode later (Kate Burton).