Here’s my top 10 thoughts of why I think Eliza/Marika will stay and why we will continue to see her in season 14, in no particular order:
We want to see Arizona happy! A happy Arizona makes us happy and she deserves it.
Shonda is slowly introducing us to Eliza and building up her story so she can be around for a long time and not just for an arc, Eliza’s story and her character development isn’t being rushed as we slowly getting to know her, along with the rest of GSMH at the same time, as the only person who currently sees the more human side of Eliza is Arizona and we Ariliza fans but eventually everyone at GSMH will see the side of Eliza that Arizona is falling in love with and they will love her too and I want to continue watching that journey.
Shonda loves Marika and she is already a part of Shondaland along with her husband Scott Foley as Scott had previously been in Grey’s and is currently in Scandal.
Jessica and Marika’s personal friendship adds to the undeniable chemistry that exists between Eliza and Arizona. That makes their scenes have that something extra special in them because we see on screen that Jessica and Marika really do get on so well personally and that comes across on the screen with their characters.
Eliza is not only an Education Consultant but she is also an attending Orthopedic Surgeon in Sports Medicine and since Callie has left the building, GSMH does need a new head of orthopedic surgery, Eliza could easily fill that position in season 14. Why have Marika leave and introduce a new actress to become the new head of orthopedic surgery, it just seems pointless to do so when Eliza is already being established as a doctor who has a background in orthopedic surgery.
Eliza was fired from the hospital by Bailey (Can Bailey fire Eliza, or does she need the Board to do the hiring and firing?) but Arizona and Eliza are still a couple because they didn’t break up in 13×24.
I applaud Marika and the way she handles the haters by simply ignoring them and she really doesn’t care what they think because she blocks them and doesn’t give them what they want. She does seem to have a thick skin and doesn’t take the haters personally because she refuses to give them the time of day and isn’t turned off of playing the role of Eliza because of them.
The Marika selfies with Jessica are a breath of fresh air for the fans, especially those of us who shipped Calzona once upon a time before that ship was sunk, and for Jessica herself. Besides, don’t those selfies simply just melt your Ariliza heart when you see them?! Who would love to see Marika continue the Grey’s selfies in season 14?!
Marika considers getting the role of Eliza as “winning the lottery” and we get the enjoyment and benefits of that by seeing her as Eliza on our screens and from the fan fiction writers who ship Ariliza. The hashtag #cloud9 says it all.
Arizona has finally gotten out of being behind the shadow of Callie and Sara and has finally become a real cast member with more screen time during season 13 than she ever did and with Eliza, Arizona has a very real relationship developing with love, understanding, communication with someone who gets her. Who wants to have that end any time soon? In addition, Sara has not shown any interest in returning to Grey’s and is doing other things currently and I hope Sara doesn’t return as I don’t miss her or Callie on the show.
So there are my 10 thoughts, Shonda with the cliffhanger loves her twists and turns in storylines and just wanted people talking and speculating what will happen during the hiatus. She knows that including Eliza/Marika, the new girl, in the cliffhanger would get people talking, including the haters. Have faith everyone.
– Kaye Bishop