Who saw this coming? On Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, series regular Martin Henderson literally walked off into the sunset.
Yes, Nathan Riggs is gone, from the NBC show, from Meredith Grey’s life, from Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, and even from Seattle. He is now living in sunny Southern California with his love Dr. Megan Hunt (Abigail Spencer) and her son, Farouk.
Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes told Deadline in a statement, “I loved that we were able to give Riggs a happy ending worthy of his character and talent.”
However, the showrunner promised this is not the end of her relationship with Martin Henderson.
“He has been part of the Shondaland family since the pilot of Inside the Box and he will always be family. I can’t wait to find a new project to work with him on in the future.”
Henderson himself weighed in on his exit, telling Deadline, “It was always a short-term thing and I was happy to spend a few years doing the show.”
So what is next for the New Zealander as far as American TV is concerned? According to Martin, “That’s a bit of a work in progress at the moment. I’m finding the right thing. I’m fortunate at this point in my life and career where I can take a bit of time.”
Apparently, we’ll have to wait and see where this big talent turns up for his follow-up role. Enjoy the hiatus, Martin Henderson. You deserve it!