'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Signs New Deal, Confirms His Return For Seasons 16 And 17

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Jesse Williams Signs New Deal, Confirms His Return For Seasons 16 And 17

Fans were worried about Avery's fate after Season 15 finale cliffhanger but the "Grey's Anatomy" star has signed a new deal that will keep him at the show for two more seasons.

Warning: This article contains spoilers from 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 15

"Grey's Anatomy" Season 15 finale ended with a cliffhanger that left viewers wondering about the fate of Jackson Avery, played by Jesse Williams. Avery and Maggie Pierce (played by Kelly McCreary) were stuck in the middle of a lover’s quarrel after a camping getaway went wrong.

Avery pulled over to wait for stormy weather to pass and stepped out of the car to get some air. After a long wait, Pierce, who had stayed in the car, stepped out to look for him, screaming Avery's name. What happened to Avery? Would he be returning to the series? Fans who speculated about the character's return in Season 16 can rest easy now. Reports have just come in saying that Jesse Williams has signed a contract to stay with the hit ABC drama, according to PEOPLE.



The Shonda Rimes show made history in February as the longest-running medical drama on American television, with 332 episodes. In May, ABC announced that the Shondaland series would be returning for two more seasons with Ellen Pompeo in her long-running lead role as Meredith Grey.

At the time, Williams was reportedly the only cast member with no contract for the continuing seasons, but that has now changed. Deadline reported that Williams signed a deal after negotiations with ABC Studios that involved a salary raise, as well as his availability. 


The actor-activist has also appeared in several films including "The Butler" and "The Cabin in the Woods". He's also been a senior producer and correspondent in "America Divided" and the executive producer of the documentary "Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement". 

Williams confirmed last month that he would be making his Broadway debut in a revival of Richard Greenberg's "Take Me Out", which will premiere in April 2020. It has been speculated that due to the rigorous rehearsal schedule involved with a Broadway production, Williams may only return for a limited number of episodes - but this has not yet been confirmed. 


Williams has starred as Jackson Avery on "Grey's Anatomy" since 2009 and was promoted to a series regular in Season 7 after quickly becoming a breakout star, with Avery becoming one of the most popular characters on the show. The character's on and off relationship with fellow doctor and ex-wife April Kepner (played by Sarah Drew) was a fan favorite over the years, and the loss of their son was considered one of the show's most emotional moments.

Avery and Pierce are currently dating on the show. While we'll have to wait till Season 16 to find out Avery's fate after the cliffhanger, at least fans can rest easy knowing their favorite character isn't going anywhere. 







"Grey's Anatomy" will return this fall - and here's hoping that the Avery cliffhanger doesn't end in the way we feared. At least we know he's alive, but with this show, who can really tell? 

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