‘Station 19’: Why Did Dean Miller Have to Die?

by Kati Kuuseoks
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Is ABC’s “Station 19” one of the most underrated TV dramas out there? I think a lot of Outsiders would probably say that’s true. The show actually came as a spinoff to the critically acclaimed medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy.” And like its “One Chicago” “Chicago Fire” competitor, it focuses on life in a firehouse station. More specifically, it details the daily operations of Seattle’s Station 19. That station’s crew, unfortunately, just lost one of its original members with the death of Dean Miller.

Okieriete Onaodowan brought us the Dean Miller character for a handful of seasons. Hearts shattered when his character met his death this week during a massive crossover event with the “Grey’s Anatomy” mother series. During the episode, he fell victim to an explosion following a gas leak and succumbed to critical injuries. Sadly, this also makes it look like the door to Okieriete Onaodowan’s return on the show is officially closed. But why???

Actor Portraying Dean Miller Wanted to Move On

If you’re looking for bad blood here, you won’t find any. Okieriete Onaodowan only shares words of warmth when reflecting on his time at “Station 19.” He wrote this blurb in a tweet recently: “Thank you for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity. Thank you so much. You have changed my life.”

This was in response to Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes’ own words of praise to the star: “What a pleasure it has been to go from watching you grace the Broadway stage to witnessing Dean in action on screen. Wishing you the very best!”

Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan actually verbalized his plans to exit the series a while ago to explore other avenues. He agreed to stay in order to wrap up Dean Miller’s story and this only gave writers a few options.

The Writers Had to Do What’s Best For the Show

Sure, the “Station 19” writers could have kept Dean Miller around by simply writing a move to a different city into the script. However, this doesn’t really feel all that organic, does it? Besides, there’s Pru and Vic to think about.

Ultimately, to do his character any justice, the writers couldn’t just up and move him somewhere else. They essentially had to kill him off to keep the door closed and keep the script authentic.

And at the end of the day, at least Dean Miller died a hero in the line of service. It honestly makes sense given his dedication to the squad and the city.

So, with that, I’ll leave you with the wonderful words of Onaodowan:

“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!”

Outsider.com