Actor Sarah Drew’s time on Grey’s Anatomy is nearly done, and she’s posting photos from her final days of filming. Folks, we are so not OK. Drew confirmed she would be leaving at the end of Season 14, and the finale will air on Thursday, so we know our time with Dr. April Kepner is very limited. The final episodes of Season 14 are that much more intense to watch because any scene with April in it feels like an especially meaningful, important moment.
What’s more meaningful, though, are the emotional behind-the-scenes photos that Drew posted on her Instagram after last Thursday’s episode, “Cold as Ice,” aired. The penultimate episode of Season 14 was a bit nerve-racking for April fans because the beloved doctor was truly put through the wringer. Coming close to death after being involved in a horrendous car accident, April was brought back to life by her Grey Sloan colleagues through the magic of science and some silent prayers. After all that, and knowing Drew only has one more episode left, her behind-the-scenes photos had us extra emotional.
First, she posted this adorable selfie of her and Dr. Jackson Avery Jesse Williams, just hanging out on one of the show’s hospital beds.
Then came the one-two punch of Drew posing for commemorative photos with costar Caterina Scorsone and fellow departing actor Jessica Capshaw. She captioned their group shot, “Magic hour by the trailers… There were so many ‘lasts’ during this episode. This was my last episode shooting on the Grey’s Anatomy stages. So many conversations have happened by these trailers in the past 9 years. It was sweet to finish out my night with these two beautiful souls.”
Can somebody please hand us some tissues? This is already way too much to handle!
But Drew kept posting. A selfie with Capshaw and Chandra Wilson was taken moments after she shot her last-ever Grey’s scene. In another photo with Williams, Drew wrote a lengthy caption about her favorite moments acting opposite him over the years: “For me, this photo speaks volumes about our partnership. Jesse and I had some very trying stories to tell over the years and there were many moments when we really needed to lean on each other to get through them. And we did.”
Seeing all of these behind-the-scenes photos of Drew with her Grey’s castmates feels like the emotional preamble we needed to help us get through the Season 14 finale. These photos — while much appreciated — highlight just how strong a bond Drew formed with her costars over the years and just how dearly she’ll be missed when she’s officially gone.