Jesse Williams Previews Grey's Anatomy Romance, Family Drama

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New Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams (Dr. Jackson Avery) has made quite an impression on fans this season already, and we have only begun to explore his character.

With his good looks and charm, it was really just a matter of time before the Mercy West transplant got some lovin’ on Grey's Anatomy. The only question is, who with?

Grey’s is getting a little crazy,” he told TV Guide Sunday. “I think there’s going to be a lot of changes for my character. Jackson Avery has a lot of big things happening.”

And yes, that means romance.

“There’s a lot of relationship changes. Within the group,” he teases. Asked if sparks fly between he and a fellow Mercy Wester or Seattle Grace original, he played it coy.

“Well, because it might be one of both,” says Williams. “Jackson ... he’s a man.”

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Indeed. What he does give up is that a relationship with Sandra Oh's Cristina Yang, which was hinted at in a previous episode when he made a move, is not in the cards:

“I think Cristina is giving him a lot of flack, so you can only bang your head against a wall for so long ... I think he’ll wise up and try to get some attention elsewhere.”

We'll also get a glimpse of Jackson's background. On one of the upcoming Grey's Anatomy episodes this spring, the show will introduce Jackson’s ailing grandpa, Harper Avery.

Chelcie Ross, a.k.a. the guy who taunted Mad Men’s Don Draper as Connie Hilton, will play Harper, the namesake of the Avery Award bestowed on Meredith’s mom, Ellis.

This will help form a bond between Jackson and Meredith Grey - but does it play into some fans' theory that young Dr. Avery is a secret love child of Ellis and the Chief?

“It’s not relevant,” says executive producer Betsy Beers, and “not on anyone’s brain.”

Still, we look forward to seeing these events play out in the coming weeks.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

MEREDITH: "You don't get to call me a whore. When I met you, I thought I had found the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with. I was done! All the boys and all the bars and all the obvious daddy issues, who cares? I was done. You left me. You chose Addison. I'm all glued back together now. I make no apologies for how I chose to repair what you broke. You don't get to call me a whore."
DEREK: "This thing with us is finished. It's over."
MEREDITH: "Finally."
DEREK: "Yeah, it's done."
MEREDITH: "It is done."

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith