Nothing gold can stay, and that includes cast members. Station 19 will be without one of the original members of the show from here on out. After four seasons, actor Okieriete Onaodowan is no longer with the show.
Last night ABC had a crossover event with Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy. During the episode things got serious. That is when Onaodowan’s character, Dean Miller, died from injuries he suffered while on duty. Just an emotional moment for fans and viewers of either show. He was one of the five remaining original cast members on the show.
Onaodowan had some parting words to share as well. Read his statement to Deadline below.
“It’s been a pleasure being Dean. I have Shonda Rhimes, Stacy McKee, Krista Vernoff, Paris Barclay, and ABC to thank for allowing me to bring him to life. I am grateful I got to work with the most loving, kind, and dedicated crew in network TV. And most importantly, thanks to the fans for showing Dean so much love. I hope he has inspired you to change your world for the better. Be the change!”
This wasn’t just a random occurrence or a bit that the writers threw in for fun. No, this had been planned for some time. It was at the end of last season when the actor requested to leave the series. Eventually, the parties involved came to a deal that Dean would appear in the first part of Season 5 in order to close out his story.
Fans loved Dean. He was a character that had changed so much from the single guy at the station to then being a father. His story was one that was tied in with real-life events as well. Last season on Station 19 was a very emotional season for Dean.
‘Station 19 Showrunner Shares Kind Words
While Onaodowan is leaving the show, there are no hard feelings. As one of the original cast members, the actor and his character will have a special place in fans’ hearts for a long time. So, it isn’t a surprise when Krista Vernoff, the showrunner, is sending him kind words of support.
“I am a better artist and human for having had the opportunity to work with Okieriete Onaodowan. I am heartbroken by the loss of Dean Miller and that I no longer get to write for Oak. Oak has an expansive spirit and was ready for and craving new artistic horizons – and I truly can’t wait to see what he does next. It will be powerful, it will be deep, and it will be courageous because Oak is all of those things.”
This season, Dean looked poised to start a new arc. With his mental health outreach program and more confidence under his belt, he was doing great. However, his story was not meant to last. Now, with Dean no longer with Station 19, the crew will try to recover.