Is Teddy Altman's Time Officially up on 'Grey's Anatomy'? (SPOILERS)
Following the death of DeLuca, Dr. Teddy Altman seems to blame herself. Is Teddy leaving the show for good over the sadness of Season 17?
Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Season 17 of Grey's Anatomy.
Let's face it, Season 17 of Grey's Anatomy has been exceptionally rough for every character on screen. In addition to the show's typical drama plotlines, the doctors are also working in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and grieving many personal losses.
We've already seen one main cast member pass away this season, and Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) life is currently still in limbo as she debates between a peaceful afterlife and fighting to beat COVID-19.
Now fans are worried that Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) could be next. Teddy has also had a hard season. She and Owen (Kevin McKidd) are on the fritz following her affair with Tom Koracick (Gregory Germann), and she's been most of the staff's least-favorite person right now.
But is Teddy leaving Grey's Anatomy? Here's what we know.
Teddy is grappling with DeLuca's death.
Teddy was one of the doctors who operated on Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) before he inevitably passed away from complications from his stab wounds — something that was entirely out of her hands. But in the trailer for the upcoming episode, "In My Life," we see that Teddy blames herself greatly for DeLuca's death.
"After a heart-wrenching loss, Teddy struggles to cope and it triggers memories of her past. When Owen brings her home, she must face some long-standing truths," the episode's description reads. "Meanwhile, Amelia tries to help the situation by encouraging Owen to accept and forgive Teddy."
In the trailer, you can hear Owen say to an unknown cast member that Teddy is in a very bad mental state — one he's worried she won't pull out of.
"The only other time I've seen that kind of look is in soldiers," Owen says. "And plenty of them never came back."
Given that in some of Teddy's dream-like scenes she's talking with both DeLuca and Meredith, things aren't looking too good for the veteran.
It's currently unclear if Teddy will be exiting the show following this episode, but it would be exceptionally hard to have her leave, given she and Owen have a kid together.
That being said, she's not mentioned in the description for the following episode, "Breathe," nor is she in any of the teaser images currently available.
At this time, Teddy's fate isn't certain, and you'll have to watch the episode to know if she's making a final exit. However, it should be noted that actress Kim Raver has not announced a departure from the show, so, hopefully, at worst, she may take a brief hiatus.
Kim Raver briefly left 'Grey's Anatomy' after Season 8.
If Teddy is leaving, this isn't the first time fans will have had to consider saying goodbye to Teddy. Following the Season 8 finale of Grey's Anatomy, actress Kim Raver briefly said goodbye to her role, as Teddy was let go from Grey Sloan so she could accept a position at a military base. But even as Kim said goodbye, series creator Shonda Rhimes knew Teddy's story wasn't over.
"I know this season’s finale had some surprises for viewers and the exit of Kim Raver was one of the big ones. But Kim’s series option was up and she was ready to give Teddy Altman a much-needed vacation," she said in a Twitlonger following the season finale. "I like to imagine that Teddy is still out there in the Grey’s Anatomy universe, running Army Medical Command and building a new life."
Is it possible Teddy will just be taking another hiatus? You'll have to watch when Grey's Anatomy airs on ABC at 9 p.m. ET on Thursdays.