Every relationship on Grey's Anatomy has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but Season 12 proved to be an especially difficult year for Ben Warren and Miranda Bailey's relationship as they struggled to maintain a fair boss-employee dynamic after a reckless act resulted in two deaths and led to Ben's six-month suspension. But now, with Grey's Anatomy Season 13 right around the corner, it seems like things could be looking up for these two after Ben's C-section saved April and her baby at the end of last season. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it will be smooth sailing from here on out. In fact, according to Jason George (who plays Dr. Warren on the show), he and Bailey will still have a difficult time keeping their marriage separate from their work.
"I think the couch may be a thing of the past, at least for the moment," the actor shares with Bustle in an interview, while adding that "it doesn't mean they're perfect right away." And a lot of that will have to do with their rankings on the hospital employee food chain, which proves to be a very significant gap and could still cause friction between the two of them if they aren't careful. "His wife is still Chief and he's not even one of her employees, but one of her employee's employees," George explains. "So people are going to talk to him a different way than they talk to her and he's got to make decisions about what he shares and what he doesn't share. They've got to keep up that church and state. So it's still going to be difficult for them figuring out how to manage this thing of working together."
But his marriage won't be the only big issue Ben will face this year. The good doctor will also find himself thrown into the middle of the whole Jo/DeLuca/Alex drama and the fallout that will inevitably ensue. "We pick up right where everything left off, so Ben gets out of the dog house and it looks like Karev might be getting in," George reveals. "Ben gets dragged into that drama a little bit." The drama he's referring to, of course, is how Alex viciously attacked DeLuca when he wrongfully suspected that he and Jo have been sleeping together. (When, in actuality, it was just a big misunderstanding.)
As you may have guessed, this problem isn't just going to go away. In fact, it will create a major divide among many of our beloved docs and lead to a few surprising alliances, according to George.
This changes up the dynamics a lot, this thing between Andrew DeLuca and Karev, so the result is — as happens in any workplace — people kind of have to choose sides a little bit and things get hot. It makes for strange bedfellows and people that you didn't see together, might end up on the same side of the issue. So there are some interesting pairings that are cool and at the same time, depending upon who you 'ship, might be a little bit unnerving.
Suffice to say, no one will be able to avoid getting sucked into all the drama. So even though Ben's street cred might be on the up-tick, this hospital's problems are far from over. But hey, would it really be Grey's Anatomy if that wasn't the case?
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