Grey’s Anatomy – Season 10 – Jesse Williams Interview
Where will the second half of the season pick up? Will there be a time jump or will we see the immediate aftermath of Jackson’s objection?
It’s going to be a combination of the two: you’ll see what happens and the impact it has on everyone. This is going to have a devastating affect on Stephanie. In situations where you have somebody being left at the altar, it’s usually the dashing bad guy versus the really honorable guy. Is she going to go with the jerk or is she going to go with the good guy? In this situation, Matthew and Stephanie are Jackson’s victims. They don’t deserve this and are both wonderful people who haven’t done anything wrong. Sometimes love gets in the way of what you’re supposed to do and who the person on paper is supposed to be, and that love by design and paint by numbers situation doesn’t really work. Sometimes there’s collateral damage, and Matthew and Stephanie are good examples of that.
You’ll see it came as a huge surprise for Jackson, and that it wasn’t premeditated. It was just a compulsion to blurt it out. Sometimes when you act impulsively, you have a “WTF did I just do” moment, and we’re going to see that. I cant say what April’s response is going to be, but I can say that Jackson is going to have a, “Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into?” moment at some stage in the very near future. Anytime you think there’s solid ground, it turns out to be slippery.
After so many opportunities to get back together, why would Jackson object in the middle of the ceremony? What changed for him?
That’s been my question as we’ve been developing story. He has been in stages where he’s said to himself, “I’m over this, I’m moving on,” and you keep your legs moving so that you don’t have to stop and deal with it. It’s not conscious denial because he is trying to treat a sickness: “I’m having my soup, getting fresh air and moving on with my life.” At the wedding, sitting there is the first real moment of stillness for Jackson, where he realizes that this is not something that he will have to deal with in the future; it’s something he can’t talk himself out of. He’s had these opportunities — she presented it to him at the top of the season and at the end of last season — and he said no. It didn’t make sense on paper: it’s not healthy; they shouldn’t be together. But when they’re in the same room, chemistry is chemistry, desire is desire and nobody understands the other person better than Jackson and April do. It becomes this undeniable truth that Jackson was and April were both trying to heal themselves from it. They were both trying to paint by numbers and do it “right” — and they’ve never done it “right.” They rushed into this and did it wrong and were told that they shouldn’t be sleeping with their friend, shouldn’t be having expectations of the relationship. They were trying to follow the proper steps, and life is sloppier than that.