Grey’s Anatomy fans, we hope you are sitting down right now! Yes, you read the headline correctly! Isaiah Washington is returning to the series to reprise his role as Preston Burke for an episode sometime in May.

With the upcoming departure of Dr. Cristina Yang from the series, they needed something to counteract her departure and we think they’ve done that big time.

You’ll remember that Isaiah left the series because of a gay slur that was directed at co-star T.K. Knight. His character exited the show by leaving Sandra Oh’s character at the altar.

“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should. Burke is vital to that journey – he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”, said series creator Shonda Rhimes.

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