Is There Still a Place for George on 'Grey's Anatomy'?

I know a lot had already been written about sweet little George (TR Knight) here and elsewhere. Paradoxically, the Grey's Anatomy season we have seen the least of him is starting to prove to be a wake-up call to his fans, perhaps in that absence-makes-the-heart-grow-fonder fashion. My initial theory is that Shonda must be trying to slowly easy George out of everyone's consciousness by giving him less and less screen time, a plan which she is either aborting (given this news) or drawing to a close when she finally writes him off.

With this in mind, I noted with particular interest an insightful comment on the last episode's aftergasm article. Has Grey's Anatomy really been so relationship-centric that those characters with no romantic coupling possibility are slowly being written off? A very popular slide show on the show's worst relationships reveals that much of what happens on the Grey's universe involves romantic relationships one way or another. Has this become the point of the show?

One BuddyTV user surmised that the reason why George appears to be slowly being flushed out of Seattle Grace (like sewage?) is the fact that he looks awkward when paired up with any girl (he added that his being gay has something to do with it). I agree, in part. In the seemingly relationship-crazy world of Grey's Anatomy, George may indeed be out of place. After all, his short-lived marriage with Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) was a disaster, and his protracted affair and relationship with best friend Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) was also terminated prematurely because of strong fan backlash.

Which is sad, really, since TR Knight is a brilliant actor, as the BuddyTV user pointed out. To illustrate, when new entrant Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) joined the cast, rumors were already rife that she'd replace Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) in the heart of Calliope. In fact, even Erica, who is a great, great character, left Grey's Anatomy because of the presumed failure of the lesbian episode with Callie. After watching old episodes of Grey's, I realized how delightfully sarcastic and intentionally dreary Erica's character was, and doing away with her just because she might be doomed to be single is just wrong.

What about the friendships, the professional relationships, and the medical side of things? George was among the original batch of interns we loved. How about Bailey (Chandra Wilson)? Bailey rarely if ever lets anyone meddle into her personal life but she remains to be one of the most interesting characters on the show.

That being said, George need not be part of a romantic couple of shine on screen, unless, of course, Grey's Anatomy is really hell-bent on making Seattle Grace duo-central.

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Apr 3, 2009 6:52PM EDT

I agree George was such an amazing character pre-izzie era and now hes just disappeared and in my books is still a great actor and character when we do see the occasional scene of him like that callie and george was really good and when he runs to izzie's room when he finds out shes gonna die. I hope that Shonda is the type of woman who thinks that there are no relationships that transcend sexual or romantic types because both women and men can exist and co-exist without romance 24/7. I am gonna hate the season finale if ends with george leaving at the end of the season that would be total devastation

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Apr 4, 2009 11:59PM EDT

i really dont think that its all about relationships. I think that there is a lot more going on in grey's than just the relationships. I dont think its the reason that george is getting less screen time. I think the reason is that the writers have kinda run out of things to do with george especially with so many other things going on with all the other characters. Not every single character on the show can have something exciting/devastating going on at the exact same time. Its just not realistic. Besides ive heard rumors that George is gonna be on screen a lot more in the next few episodes.But if george were to have a relationship on the show, i have to say i really liked him with lexie. I think they would make a great couple and i was very disappointed when they killed that storyline. I definitely think lexie/george make a better couple than lexie/mark.

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