On April 15, the emotional new episode of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 had everyone wondering about the whereabouts of Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams). The plastic surgeon was inspired to make a real difference. Then, in a sudden turn of events, he went on an 11-hour car ride. So where is Jackson going? Grey’s Anatomy Season 17? Fan theories will have you watching the episode again for clues.
What happened to Jackson Avery in Grey’s Anatomy season 17 episode 12?
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At the beginning of Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode 12, titled “Sign O ‘the Times”, Jackson saw protesters assembled following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Then when the surgeon walked into Gray Sloan Memorial along with his mother, Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen), Jackson brought up Alma Ortiz’s (Lisa Vidal) proposal to evaluate low-income patients. But Catherine pointed out that income needed to improve and she needed some time to find out.
Meanwhile, a woman named Nell (Phylicia Rashad) arrived at the hospital accompanied by Richard. The two individuals protested and Nell was shot by a tear gas canister. Fortunately, the guest character came out the other end of one piece. Nell also inspired Jackson, Richard, and Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) with her scars and past activism.
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Later, Jackson asked Catherine why they had no scars. He wondered why his mother told him to fix things from the inside when nothing seemed to improve. Catherine reminded Jackson that he has decades of scars and chooses one battle at a time. But Jackson did not want to “play a role in a system that is simply broken.”
In response, Catherine told Jackson that he sounded like her father, Robert Avery (Eric Roberts). Then Jackson replied, “Oh, would that be the worst thing in the world?”
The moment Jackson said the words to Catherine, Grey’s Anatomy fans knew the conversation was over. But even so, Jackson still wanted to act. In the end, the character got into his car and wrote a mysterious address on his GPS. Now, Jackson is moving away from Seattle, 11 hours from his destination.
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When Jackson left Seattle in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode 12, many fans began to theorize where the character is heading next. After the new episode, some viewers questioned whether the plastic surgeon was driving to Minneapolis. However, it seems unlikely because the trip takes about 24 hours.
Meanwhile, many Grey’s Anatomy Fans speculated that Jackson will be reuniting with another returning character. Some people expected the character to head to see his ex-wife, April Kepner (Sarah Drew).
“I bet when you drive that far you end up seeing April in a protest somewhere,” wrote a fan on YouTube.
Of course some Grey’s Anatomy Fans recalled that April still lives in Seattle. So it wouldn’t take 11 hours to get to it. But Jackson’s father, Robert, lives in Bozeman, Montana, which is about 11 hours from Seattle.
“I think Jackson might be visiting his father as he left on an 11 hour drive,” wrote a fan on YouTube.
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Now, Grey’s Anatomy Fans will only have to watch Jackson’s story unfold in season 17. But whether the character reunites with his father, ex-wife, or just takes another trip to the woods, Drew has already confirmed April’s return in the new. May 6 episode.
“We have a date! April is back on @GreysABC Thursday May 6 at 9 | 8c on ABC,” Drew wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, some Grey’s Anatomy Fans theorized how season 17 is already setting up Jackson and April’s reunion in the future episode. One fan wrote on YouTube:
I think they will reintroduce April by taking Jackson to a place similar to the one April came to when she finally realized her calling / purpose. So I think that may be what they do with it. Seeks to do more good. Use your influence and invoke real change. April discovered that in Iraq and then in the homeless community. Perhaps Jackson will approach her for that kind of guidance and support.
Whatever happens like Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 continues, it seems Jackson is actively looking for new ways to bring about change. So stay tuned.