The winter finale of Grey’s Anatomy left more lives hanging in the balance, with Owen Hunt stuck in a vehicle that fell off a cliff, Megan Hunt’s son Farouk waiting for a donor heart, and David Montgomery failing to disclose an illness before surgery.
In the end, ABC’s medical drama lost one of its series regulars, but it was surprisingly Cormac Hayes, played by Richard Flood, who announced his exit from the show when he gave Miranda Bailey notice during the final episode, “No Time to Die.”
Richard Flood joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy in season 16, with Cormac as a potential love interest for Meredith Grey. Now, Deadline reports that next week will be his final episode. We take a look at why Cormac is leaving Grey-Sloan and some other plot points from the eventful winter premiere.
When Cormac told Miranda that he was leaving the hospital, he said it was because his children were not happy and were returning to Ireland. In reality, however, it was Owen Hunt’s admission that he had promised to help some mortally ill war veterans die with dignity that put Cormac in a morally compromising position. He told Owen Hunt that if he didn’t turn him in, he would become an accessory to a crime. When Owen said he still intended to go through with it, Cormac quit for fear of the consequences he would face for not turning Owen in.
Grey’s Anatomy: Owen, Farouk, And David All Survived
The three characters whose lives were in danger at the end of the winter finale all survived “No Time to Die.” Owen Hunt was in danger of losing his leg and/or paralysis, but the crew of Station 19 did their job well in the first half of the crossover, and the surgeons took over from there.
Although Farouk’s donor heart was bruised in the car accident, Winston Ndugu and Maggie Pierce were able to complete the transplant successfully. And Meredith saved David’s life, even though she and Kai Bartley gave him a hard time when he regained consciousness about how close he came to ruining their Parkinson’s research.