Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kevin McKidd: Dark Times Ahead For Cristina and Owen, But Also Hope

Earlier tonight, Grey's boss Shonda Rhimes tweeted that things would be painful for Cristina and Owen  in tonight's episode - while also promising that there is hope in the future - and she certainly did deliver on the pain part. Owen admitted that he did cheat on Cristina, just not with the pretty nurse, but with another mystery woman. (Kudos to Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd for their acting performances in that final scene.) Next new episode of Grey's airs on April 5th, so we will have to wait until then to see the fall out from this.

Kevin McKidd and co-star Patrick Dempsey discussed the rocky couple in an interview with THR, and while Kevin McKidd warned that things will get worse, there is still hope for Cristina and Owen:

"There's a great debate there for what the dynamic is, with what Cristina has done to this marriage and her choice and what Owen's choice is and his behavior," co-star Patrick Dempsey (Derek) told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent set visit. "There's a really interesting conversation to be had because of those choices: How do you move on? How does that change the dynamic of the relationship? If you can really dive into that -- there's two betrayals, very big ones. I don't know how they sustain that relationship."

"I don't know how you come back from that kind of betrayal," he says. "Certainly if you're married, the notion of the next step would be to have children and if that's been taken away, I would find it very hard for Owen to stay in that relationship."

While McKidd warns there are tough times ahead, he remains optimistic for the beleaguered couple. "I think they're meant for each other," he says. "I hold out faith in Cristina and Owen, even though they go to the darkest places out of all the couples on the show."

"It's going to get worse but it's going to get better soon," McKidd warns.

The actor, who will participate with fellow cast members in Sunday's UCLA live Grey's Anatomy musical fundraiser, notes that the "odd couple" just seems to work despite each of them being deeply flawed.

"Within the first week of meeting her he almost strangled her to death; that's not a good starting point for any relationship," he says, recalling the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he struggled with when the duo first connected.


"His life is in so much turmoil right now that I wouldn't be surprised if something like that came back," he says. "He's got a handle on it right now … but I wouldn't be surprised if some symptoms flare up at some point because of what's going on in his personal and professional life."
And while it appears that the dark will continue to get darker in the immediate future, McKidd remains ever optimistic about Owen being able to bounce back and rebuild from a year that has seen his marriage and career pushed to the brink. "I think he's going to definitely get on his way to that and that rebuilding will happen as we go into the next season as well."

Both Shonda Rhimes and Kevin McKidd promised hope and that things will get better for the couple, but we have a feeling that the viewers won't be as forgiving.

So the question is, do you think that they should break up for good or will you continue to root for Cristina and Owen as a couple?
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