Strap In, Grey's Anatomy Fans: Things Are NOT Looking Good For April

We’re down to the final two episodes of Grey’s Anatomy‘s 14th season, and now we have reason to cry over April (Sarah Drew) all over again. Ever since April’s exit from the show was announced back in early March, we’ve been desperate to figure out exactly how she’ll go. Naturally, we had plenty of theories; at first we thought April would die and that she could even take her own life in light of her clear downward emotional spiral. But she turned things around, and death no longer seemed to be an option. We even envisioned a happy ending with her old beau, Matthew.

Tragically, Grey’s has turned the tables on us yet again. In the preview for next week’s episode — it’s the penultimate episode of season 14 — April seems to be fighting for her life after some kind of accident. We don’t know exactly what goes down, all we know is that Owen goes looking for her and finds her in some kind of dire state. She gets taken to the hospital, and we see devastated reactions from Meredith, Jackson, and the rest of the hospital staff. It’s possible April relapses and decides to harm herself after all. Or, knowing Grey’s Anatomy, she could befall some kind of horrible freak accident.

To add even more panic into our swirling thoughts, Ellen Pompeo (who plays Meredith) has been dropping hints about the season finale and even suggesting that someone could die before the season closes out. And, well, if April ends up dying next week, we could see the fallout of that event in the finale. Or if her fate is uncertain, the finale could be all about letting her go. Could April be our mystery death? Are we going to have to say goodbye to our favorite in the worst way?!

All will be revealed next week. I think it goes without saying that Grey’s fans do not want to see another favorite die. But nothing is fair in this world, and many of the most beloved characters have been wrenched away from us. It’s true that the show has a habit of freaking us out for no reason — remember when we thought Bailey was going to die? — so there’s still a chance everything will be OK. Even so, we have a sneaking suspicion that we may be in denial about the inevitable.

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