Here we were, worried about Dr. Stephanie Edwards (Jerrika Hinton), when it was Japril that Shonda Rhimes tried to kill off in the "Grey's Anatomy" Season 13 finale.
There were plenty of surprises in the finale, including some actual good news to go along with the bittersweet. And then there were those record scratch scenes between April Kepner (Sarah Drew), Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams), including April telling Maggie she can tell that Maggie likes Jackson (!) and she can also tell that Jackson likes Maggie too (!!) ending with the suggestion that Maggie tell Jackson how she feels (!!!).
Didn't Japril make up during #JaprilTheSequel? And didn't Maggie just have a huge crush on Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson), like, five minutes ago?
Some fans have been anticipating/dreading a Maggie/Jackson pairing since Maggie's mom suggested she let loose and make a mistake, and that episode was followed by some borderline intimate moments with Jackson. But others thought, nah, they wouldn't do that, it's just step-family members supporting each other.
There are some fans out there who support a Maggie/Jackson pairing, in part because they don't like April and would like to see Jackson with someone else. But several more viewers, at least the ones who tweet, are solidly and vocally against the idea.
Here's a taste of the reactions to Japril + Maggie:
I rebuke this Jackson/Maggie storyline. #GreysAnatomy— Glorimar Zayas (@gzayas15) May 19, 2017
Jackson and Maggie? No thank. I would like Jackson and April to have spark again. 😞 #GreysAnatomy— Jennie (@jennie_lao) May 19, 2017
No to Jackson and Maggie!!!!! ✖️ #GreysAnatomy— Katherine Cao (@siinosiikath) May 19, 2017
I'm so glad Japril is over. I love the idea of Jackson and Maggie. They're not siblings. #GreysAnatomy— Mel (@Certifiedmel) May 19, 2017
Jackson and Maggie, this is what I've been waiting for🤗 #greysanatomy— Amber Nicole (@AmBaSoul) May 19, 2017
So are Jackson and Maggie going to be a thing?— Amanda🌻 (@AmandaRaee_x3) May 19, 2017
Because I think I'm okay with it 💁 #GreysAnatomy
#GreysAnatomy thoughts: surprised no one died, pissed about this maggie/jackson thing, sad steph's quitting, can't wait to meet megan— ang (@angelaxx130) May 19, 2017
Shonda better not put Jackson and Maggie together 😡😡😡 #GreysAnatomy— Hope Butterfield (@hpbutterfield) May 19, 2017
Maggie find a man of your own. Jackson belongs to April Kepner!! #GreysAnatomy— Jay Vee (@jayvee1293) May 19, 2017
Secondly, I am not here for Jackson and Maggie, I repeat, I am NOT here for Jackson and Maggie! #greysanatomy— King Tilly Carrillo (@TillyCarrillo) May 19, 2017
Clearly, this is what Shonda and company wanted -- to get fans talking and speculating in the summer before Season 14. It's possible Jackson will be conflicted, or know he wants to be with April (aka the mother of his child) and this will be another short love triangle for Maggie. It would be nice if she could have her own romance without third-party complications, but that's not "Grey's" style.
"Grey's Anatomy" Season 14 will premiere this fall on ABC.
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