As Kevin McKidd puts it, the Music Event on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy is the culmination of the season. That’s odd, I know, considering there are still a few episodes to go in the season. But after our conversation, I think I know what he means. Something tells me that after this week’s monster of an episode, it’s all downhill for many of our favorite pairs — namely Cristina and Owen.
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“Everything’s in a state of flux…but I think they’re getting down to the nub of what’s going on between Cristina and Owen,” McKidd says of the next few episodes. “They’ve been pretty content this season, but they kind of rushed into something without due diligence [regarding] core fundamental things about how they want their life to pan out. So there are some tough times ahead of them. I think people need to strap in a little bit because it’s going to get pretty bumpy for a while between these two.”
While he stops short of saying how the pair will be challenged (although, it has been said before that it won’t necessarily be related to the couple’s baby discussions), he hints that the duo’s longstanding communication issues will play a part in their upcoming troubles. “I think he gets frustrated because one thing Owen’s pretty good at is that he’s pretty good at expressing how he’s feeling. Sometimes, if she’s in that frame of mind, she’s not that great at reaching out and saying, ‘I need this,’ or ‘I feel this.’ I think that is one of his biggest frustrations.”
In the end, McKidd says, “I imagine it’s going to raise some pretty interesting debate. Who’s right and who’s wrong. Or is anybody right? It’s definitely going to be an ‘Oh, my God’ type thing. It’s definitely going to be pretty life-changing for them — the final moments of the finale.”
Whether the polarizing debate results in a split, we’ll have to see. But McKidd says he thinks the pair is meant to be. “I think Owen and Cristina, from the moment he came out of that ambulance and they met each other, they were against the odds. When you look at them on paper, you think, these two shouldn’t be a good fit, and yet they are. When they’re together sparks fly,” he says. “I don’t think their wedding was their happy ending, but I think that eventually — through a lot of tough make-it-or-break-it moments — I’d like to believe that they’ll end up old and gray together.”