Last time we saw Arizona Robbins, luck was not on her side. After the horrific plane accident in Grey’s Anatomy’s Season 8 finale, she looked like she might lose a leg, or worse — not survive the crash.
Although show creator Shonda Rhimes has remained tight-lipped about Arizona’s fate, Wetpaint Entertainment was able to coax a few thoughts and theories out of portrayer Jessica Capshaw at SELF Magazine’s 5th Annual Women Doing Good Awards on Sept. 12 in New York City.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Last we left Arizona, she was not in good shape. I know you can’t share details about her fate, but is there anything you can say to reassure the fans?
Jessica Capshaw: I cannot say anything about her fate. No, I can’t! She was in bad shape. She’s in bad, bad, bad, bad shape! It’s bad for her. Things are bad, bad, bad, bad. No, it’s very … you know, I think there’s a big question mark. At the end of the season, there were a lot of question marks around a lot of things, and there were obviously some really tragic losses. And I think the season picks up — I think — with all of those question marks still in the air and all of those tragic losses still being processed. And I don’t really know what’s going to end up with her!
Well, there’s a few things that aren’t question marks: Grey’s has three big departures coming up. Chyler’s gone, Eric is departing, and Kim left, too. How do you feel about the departures, especially Eric, whom you worked so closely with?
I think that, honestly, I just had a baby! So I feel like what is happening on Grey’s Anatomy is not … I don’t really know much about it! Because I just had a baby, so I’ve been home! But I think as a viewer, I will very much miss all of those characters. As a fan of the show, I will very much miss Lexie Grey, I will very much miss Mark Sloane, and I will very much miss Teddy Altman.
But, you know, the show won’t be the same without them, and yet all shows have to move on and progress, and so I think it’s just, as I said, a lot of question marks!
For Callie, since Mark was such a big part of her life, how will his departure affect her?
I mean, again, as a viewer, he’s the father of her baby! I think they had a crazy strong binary relationship and obviously went through a lot, so I don’t know! I think it’s going to be very interesting!
What about Baby Sophia?!
Oh, Baby Sophia without a dad! I know!