Eric Dane and Chyler Leigh left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as Mark and Lexie in season 8
Grey’s Anatomy welcomed back several former cast members for season 17. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) contracted COVID-19 early in the season. While sleeping, she reunited with some of her former friends and loved ones. During a March 2021 episode, fan-favorite couple Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) and Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) joined Meredith on her beach and helped her fight to recover from COVID. Dane shared in a recent interview how the episode brought closure to Mark and Lexie.
Eric Dane and Chyler Leigh as Mark and Lexie on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’|Scott Garfield/Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesEric Dane and Chyler Leigh left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as Mark and Lexie in season 8
Dane and Leigh both came onto Grey’s Anatomy to shake the series up. In 2007, Dane joined Grey’s as Derek’s best friend, Mark Sloan. Some fans of the show will know that Mark and Derek were close before the plastic surgeon had an affair with Derek’s wife, Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh). However, Dane became a series regular after season 3.
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After finding success in movies such as Not Another Teen Movie, Leigh booked the role of Lexie Grey in season 4 of Grey’s. The actor played Meredith’s estranged younger sister and an intern at Seattle Grace.
During season 5, the relationship between Mark and Lexie shifted from professional to romantic. The doctors dated privately before revealing their relationship mid-season. Once they announced they were together, the couple’s age difference quickly became apparent. At the time, Lexie was in her 20s while her boyfriend was approaching 40.
Eventually, the pair split up after Mark got his friend Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) pregnant. However, Mark and Lexie, or “Mexie,” remained in love until they both died. In the season 8 finale of Grey’s, the exes succumb to injuries from a plane crash. Dane left the show for good in season 9.
Why Eric Dane says Mark and Lexie ‘came full circle’
Following the deaths of Mark and Lexie, some fans thought the power couple deserved a proper sendoff. Many viewers wanted to see them thrive together as Lexie matured. In 2012, Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes said their deaths were the only way the couple could stay together.
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Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet