Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not continue if you have not watched Thursday's 14th finals on Gray's Anatomy .
Goodbye, April Kepner.
Gray anatomy star Sarah Drew adieu to her beloved character after nine seasons on Thursday's season 14th end of ABC's medical drama, which saw April saying "I do" to its old flame Matthew ( Justin Bruening ). After the episode, Drew shared rare, never-before-seen images of Instagram from her tail-singing, reflecting on her decade-long race in April, which she has played since sixth, with a cordial message to the fans.
"It's hard to say goodbye to characters I've played. It always feels like a little death, but it's different," said Drew in an emotional post on Thursday night. "I have lived in April nine months of the year every year for nine years, she is part of me. I'm part of her and say goodbye to her is big and deep and sad and beautiful and happy. The feelings mashed up in a . "
" Because I have spent so much time with her and advocate her and invest in her trip, she feels like a real person to me. She has been a lot of joy and a lot of pain and I have felt that happiness and the pain when I play these scenes. Her stories have gone far into my soul. It's therefore hard to let her go, "she continued, revealing the lessons she learned by living April. "She has learned about courage, taking one step, no matter what somebody else says. She has learned about resilience. She was fired twice and then returned twice with her whole heart ready to throw herself in anything in front of her with no anger or anger. She lived through indestructible pain and struggled to heal not only herself but her marriage as well. "
" She was beautifully flawed and uncomfortable about having to work through her pain, in what way preferably admire her courage. I admire her fighting spirit. I admire her ability to talk to her, no matter what people like her. And I admire her compassion and empathy, "added Drew. "April's wedding trip has been especially important to me. It has been my great pleasure to tell an honest story of an authentic, multi-faceted, complicated believer's person with a deeply-known religious journey."
"April's trip has made an impact on so many and it has been my great privilege to hear her stories and know that through her I have been able to meet people in their own suffering and to offer some comfort to them … to remove 1
Having the opportunity to play the same character for nine seasons was not lost on Drew, reflecting on his personal growth during this period. "My nine years at Gray's Anatomy has forever format and changed me. I grew like an actor and as a human. I developed beautiful lifelong friendships," she reminded opposite side by side of April in season six and season 14. "During the past year, I began my journey as director and had the privilege of being taught by Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd and Debbie Allen ."
. ] "I could grow my family and have my two beautiful children while working in an environment that suited me a lot thanks to Shonda Rhimes and the precedent she put," exclaimed Drew. "And I must be part of a show that continues to drive limits, inspire people to push their dreams, find strengths in trouble and fight for what they believe in. What honor and privilege to have had the chance to be part of it this extraordinary family. "
Drew gave the long-lasting Greys fans their only thanks and thanked them to support her and her character through thick and thin. Gray's Anatomy fans are some of the most passionate people I've ever encountered, "she wrote, with a GIF in April, who happily went down to Hall of Gray Sloan as a new chapter awaits. "Thanks for the years of encouragement and dedication and love. You are a FORCE !!! I love you! "
In a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse of Drew's last days playing the final, she wrote an Instagram slide and moved messages about her experience.
" It was such a joy to spend My last week on the show with almost everyone in the throw in a wonderful place in Malibu. We laughed so much, despaired too much, and had our ticket share of hugs and tears, "she wrote next to a sincere shot of Gold's throw during the final. Drew famous members of the ensemble who led the individual tribute to to express her love and appreciation for "mom bear" Ellen Pompeo as she said "offered so much wonderful advice and cared about me when I got into working maternity. "
The actress also cried out the current cast member Jessica Capshaw called her" a bright and shining light. "
" She sees the silver lining in all circumstances. She is a strong loyal friend who helps you navigate every twist and life experience with intelligence, perspective and real, practical boots on the ground, "said Drew." I am so deeply grateful that we have to go through these 9 years and most especially the last two months together. "
See more of Drews behind the scenes photos below, where she expresses her gratitude for co-stars Camilla Luddington, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Giacomo Gianniotti, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Kelly McCreary.
Earlier this month, Pompeo suggested that ET like Capshaw and Drew would not have a tragic end in his dismissal episode. "You'll only be killed when your behavior is bad. If you are a good actor, you die well, "she said, adding," But yes, these ends are not tragic. "
Pompeo also shared her personal reaction when she learned that Capshaw and Drew would leave after 14 The season, which apparently repeated that she was not part of the decision.
"My first reaction was," What? What do you mean? Why? "And then you go through levels and steps of sadness. It's hard for them, it's hard for us, it's hard for the writer who had to make the choice, [who] has to make the creative decision, "said Pompeo, adding. You must try to support the girls. It's just not easy for anyone, but I do not want to do it for me. It's about them and I just tried to be as supportive as I could be for everyone involved. " RELATED CONTENTS: