This post contains spoilers from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Kevin McKidd has some thoughts on his character Owen Hunt’s decisions on Grey’s Anatomy.
Speaking to PEOPLE, McKidd, 48, talks about his character’s recent confession – and the consequences that could follow.
“I love the character of Owen, I play him,” McKidd says. “But also, sometimes I get mad at him. I’m like, ‘What are you doing, man? Like, why did you do that? But that’s part of why I love Owen.”
During Thursday’s episode of the ABC medical drama, Owen came face to face with a harsh reality after surviving a near-fatal car accident. Upon meeting Cormac Hayes (Richard Flood) at the hospital, Owen asked a big favor from the doctor, who also survived the accident.
“You could thank me by forgetting what I told you,” Owen said after Cormac expressed his thanks for urging him to escape the vehicle.
Moments before the car rolled down the cliff, Owen confided in Cormac, telling him that he had administered medication to a patient to help him die. Cormac is unsure if he can forget their exchange, explaining to Owen, “If I do this, then I’m an accomplice to a crime.”
“Noah was dying, you know that,” Owen replied. “He qualified for a physician-assisted death.”
“So you stole drugs and planned to hand them out like candy?” Cormac asked. “You saved my life and I have to spend what’s left of it taking care of my boys. I can’t go to jail. Move on. Tell Bailey what you did, what you plan to do. do next. secret inside, the worse it will get. Tell the truth so I don’t have to.
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McKidd tells PEOPLE that Owen confessed in “the heat of the moment” because he didn’t think he would survive the crash.
“He really didn’t expect to be alive after that fall,” he explained, adding that “I understand why he did it.”
“He’s very impulsive and goes with his instincts. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes it gets in trouble for him and the people around him,” he continues. “I understand that he really wanted to honor the promise he made to this veteran who served his country and Owen is very connected to that promise.”
The long date Grey’s The actor acknowledges Owen may have done things the wrong way – and admits things could get messy for him, especially when it comes to his relationship with Teddy Altman (Kim Raver).
“You have to follow the right protocols and Owen isn’t exactly following the right protocols, the way he handled it,” shares McKidd. “He not only broke the rules, but he also put his own family, and Teddy, and everyone else at risk if it ever came out. And it’s causing big, big trouble for him and Teddy.”
“It’ll take them a while to work through, because rightly so, Teddy is like, ‘Why are you doing this without even consulting me, wife?'” he notes. “Which is, again, a very valid point. So we’ll see that unravel as this season progresses.”
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While he doesn’t always agree with his character’s actions, McKidd is beyond grateful for Owen and the experiment he worked on. Grey’s Anatomy.
“Most actors dream of having a job that will last three years. [and] this thing has been going on all this time,” he says of the show, which he’s been on since 2008. “I’ve been here so long, I can’t imagine life without it. Obviously it will end at some point but what I feel is I’m just gonna savor it until that day comes and really try to be aware of how blessed it is because this will probably never happen again in my career.”
“Grey’s Anatomy has had this global reach and everyone loves it and that can really affect some changes as well,” he adds. “It creates a conversation, it teaches people certain issues. He does so many things. I’m proud to be part of it.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.