If you’re a fan of Grey’s Anatomy‘s Cristina and Owen, you may want to grab the paddles and charge to 300, because this grand romance is in danger of flatlining.
Unless, that is, Kevin McKidd has something to say about it.
When last we tuned into the long-running ABC medical drama, Cristina (played by Sandra Oh) questioned whether Owen could ever be “enchanted” by a life with her and her alone, after he bonded so deeply with young Ethan and given her unwavering stance on children. Deciding for him that she would never be enough, Cristina set Owen free and walked away. (Revisit the moment here, then read on for more.)
Given that Season 10 opens up almost immediately after the events of the superstormy finale, Owen and Cristina are splistville “definitely through the premiere, and maybe longer. It looks like it could be quite a bit longer,” McKidd tells TVLine.
Especially since this feels like the umpteenth time that their disparate views on starting a family have given birth to friction. “The problem they have is they really kind of are the loves of each other’s lives,” McKidd observes, “but they have fundamental, opposing, strong beliefs. So is one of them going to back down? I don’t know.”
One thing McKidd seems confident about is that Owen won’t simply let Cristina walk away, even after she has, well, walked away. “Cristina said, ‘I realize that I need to let you go,’ but he’s not quite there yet,” the actor notes. Nor is she, necessarily. “The problem is she’s not really ‘checked out’ [of the romance]. She tries to make herself checked out, but even through the two-hour opener you can tell that the attraction between the two of them is never going to go away. Theres always going to be this magnetism.”
As such, McKidd — who is currently set to direct the coming run’s eighth episode — anticipates a “very interesting” Season 10 for Owen/Cristina, even though “they might spend a lot of it broken up.” Realizing what he just said, he quickly adds: “I know the Cristina/Owen fans will be like, ‘Oh my god, that means it’s over!’ But no, they’re still working in the same hospital, they’re still go to be constantly in each other lives. And they’re such an odd couple… I think in a wierd way they might find a way to make not being in a relationship work for them.”