Sandra Oh as Christina Yang, M.D.
I knew this day would come, eventually: the day we’d have to say good by to Dr. Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.
“We’ve only got two Kleenex boxes near the TV,” my husband pointed out. “Think you should get another?”
Christina. From an arrogant young, smart intern to the brilliant, confident cardiac surgeon of today her character has developed fully. She was played beautifully by the actress, Sandra Oh, and written well by Shonda Rhimes and her team, writers whose story-telling skill I admire tremendously. Love ’em or hate ’em, each Grey’s character is fully formed.
I loved Christina Yang.
What I loved about her was her self-awareness. She knew she had a huge talent. She knew she was good. She had complete confidence in her abilities. And except for a time or two when disaster struck, as it must in night-time dramas like Grey’s, she remained steadfast.
She also knew there was no room in her life for children and as much as Owen wanted them, she knew her destiny lay elsewhere. The writers gave us such highs in their relationship and also such lows. I was rooting for her and Owen–two people who shared an incredible, but always doomed, love story.
Oh, Christina! I’d say to myself in the early days of the series. Christina had one dimension and that was medicine. But over time we saw her grow, retaining the confidence in her abilities and talent but finally showing vulnerabilities and a softer side.
When Sandra Oh was ready to leave the series, Christina had to also go, and that’s when I realized she’d become my favorite character and the show would not be the same for me without her.
“I know what’s next and it’s big,” she said in one of her final episodes.
Yes, it would have to be. And in some parallel universe where written-out characters live Christina Yang’s story continues. She’ll achieve great things. She’ll grow old and grey and even more confident. She’ll have relationships.
And she’ll remember her youth at Seattle Grace. All of her friends. And Owen. She’ll look back and remember Owen.
M. and I have often said that we’d love to be friends with those doctors but we’d never let them put a knife to us.
Except for Christina.
It sounds silly to say this but we do get invested in really great television characters. They’re so well-written they become real, and even if some of the experiences they go through are silly and larger than life, we get to see them rise to the occasion. Or not. And that’s what keeps us riveted.
I love this show.
And I loved Christina.
We’ll miss you on Thursday nights.
Sandra Oh, you rock.