Sorry, Grey's Anatomy fans, but it's true: Meredith and Derek are going to have a long-distance relationship. And they might not be the only couple in jeopardy as a result.
Although the winter premiere picks up with both Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) living in Seattle, it won't be long before Derek defects to D.C. to take a job with the Obama administration. So how will Meredith cope with being, in essence, a single working mom? Enter Alex (Justin Chambers), who finds himself stepping up even more in his role as Meredith's new Person. "It comes off somewhat begrudgingly, but underneath it all, I think he's really happy to have that connection," Chambers tells TVGuide.com.
But Jo (Camilla Luddington) is less enthused about Alex and Meredith's strengthening bond. And perhaps for good reason! "I guess you could call it an emotional affair in a sense," Chambers teases. "It has come between [Alex and Jo]."
Are you surprised that Derek's really leaving for D.C., and do you think Meredith and Derek can handle a long-distance marriage? Sound off in the comments!