Kate Walsh hints that she might be returning to Grey's Anatomy

15 November 2019, 15:42

Katie Louise Smith

By Katie Louise Smith

Fans have been speculating that Kate Walsh's Addison could return as part of Amelia's pregnancy storyline in season 16.

Grey's Anatomy has pulled off some incredible surprises over the years. And now, in it's sixteenth season (seriously, where has the time gone?), it looks like it's about to pull off another one by bringing back a classic cast member.

At the start of season 16, show runner Krista Vernoff revealed that she was working on bringing back a familiar face. "I'm trying to get someone back," Vernoff revealed at the Television Critics Association press tour (TVLine). "There's someone I’m hoping will make an appearance this year, [but] it's a real maybe. I'm trying."

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Fans immediately went into overdrive with theories, with some suggesting Sandra Oh returning as Cristina Yang or even Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres or Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens.

Another name thrown into the ring was Kate Walsh, who played the iconic Addison Montgomery. Kate has spoken a few times about wanting to come back to Grey's at "the right time" and with "the right storyline," and judging by the way a certain storyline seems to be heading (*cough cough* Amelia), it looks like the stars might finally align.

Is Kate Walsh coming back to Grey's Anatomy as Addison Montgomery?
Is Kate Walsh coming back to Grey's Anatomy as Addison Montgomery? Picture: ABC

Speaking to PopCulture.com about whether or not she would one day be back as Addison, Kate said: "Absolutely. Anything's possible. If it's the right time and the right storyline, yes. I always considered Shondaland my home, and particularly Grey's. That's where it was just a big important piece of my life, and I love everyone involved on the show. So, absolutely I would go back if it made sense to everybody involved — yes."

When asked straight up if the character Vernoff was referring to was Addison, she said: "Oh no, I can't say anything. I couldn't. It's like Shondaland, it's serious business. I am sworn to secrecy for real."

Well, that's not a 'no', is it?! IT'S NOT A NO!


As is normally the case with Grey's, everything is being kept under wraps, so nothing is confirmed yet. However, Amelia's pregnancy storyline definitely leaves that door wide open for Addison's return.

In season 5 of Private Practice, Addison supported Amelia when she gave birth to a baby boy with no brain. Addison is one of the few people who saw the devastating journey Amelia went through so it makes total sense for her come back and support her, and maybe even deliver her baby.

And maybe even Bailey's, like she did in season 2. (You know how much Grey's loves a dramatic double birth storyline!)

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The last time we saw Addison on Grey's was in the season 8 alternate universe episode 'If/Then.' Following the series finale of Private Practice, we've only heard Addie's name mentioned a handful of times in Grey's but fans have been dying to see the neonatal legend return to Seattle for years.

BRB, just forming an Addison Montgomery-themed prayer circle and speaking this into existence.