‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) has major trust issues. Maybe it was the constant beatings from his father. Or, his mother’s mental illness. Or, being shuffled through 17 foster homes over a 5 year period. Who wouldn’t have issues with a childhood like that?
Alex finally opened his heart and took a chance with Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl). Their relationship was on again off again. Izzie fell in love and was engaged to Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). After Denny died, she developed feelings for her best friend, George O’Malley (T.R. Knight). They ultimately decided they were better as friends.
Alex and Izzie always had amazing chemistry. After many false starts, they finally ended up together. Izzie got diagnosed with cancer and the fear of losing her caused Alex to detach once again. Then he came to his senses and proposed. Their wedding will go down as one of the most romantic in television history. Alex’s vows were so sincere:
‘Today’s the day my life begins. All my life I’ve been just me. Just a smart-mouthed kid. Today I become a man. Today I become a husband. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself. Today I become accountable to you and to our future. To all the possibilities that our marriage has to offer. Together, no matter what happens, I’ll be ready. For anything. For everything. To take on life. To take on love. To take on possibility and responsibility. Today Izzie Stevens, our life together begins and I for one can’t wait.’
Alex couldn’t wait for all that giving himself completely to Izzie had in store for him. They survived her cancer. Then Izzie lost her job in a restructure and blamed Alex via a misunderstanding. She left him and later filed for divorce.
The one person Alex truly trusted left him. Will he open his heart again?
Despite his rough exterior, Alex has a certain child-like innocence and need for acceptance. He is keen in recognizing these traits in kids, as well. He reaches out to kids on many levels.
In season 6, episode 8, Alex held a preemie in the kangaroo hold for several days to save its life. Recently, he sung Justin Bieber to a young girl, Lily, to calm her anxiety during an MRI. He saved her life by growing a new trachea for her. Once released, Lily took Alex to school as ‘the best part of her experience’ in the hospital.
So, Alex has opened his heart to children and the field of pediatrics. He has shown great capacity to love and to care and to give himself to another person. But Izzie broke his heart. Will he shut down and return to being a ladies man? Or will he open his heart to find love again? What do you think?
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