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"Unexpected, Serious Obstacle" to Come For Cristina and Owen on Grey's Anatomy

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Is Cristina and Owen's marriage going to last?

Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd spoke with E! about the couple's path for the rest of season seven, and that path will be a rocky one. There's an "unexpected and serious obstacle" in their way, but not what probably jumps out at you immediately.

"[The baby issue] gets put on the backburner," says McKidd. "I think it's something they both realize is a hot-potato subject. They really do love each other, so I think they want to enjoy a honeymoon period, as it were, for as long as they can."

But that alone doesn't mean smooth sailing ahead ...

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"There's an added complication between Owen and Cristina that comes from left field in the latter part of the season as well, that isn't connected to babies," McKidd says.

"A work-related issue comes up that adds tension again to their otherwise happy existence. There something else that comes along to that's a problem to them."

Could this somehow pertain to the chief resident situation?

"There is the element of competition there - she's not in direct competition with Owen, but Owen suddenly finds himself in the line of fire. I'll put it that way."

"But again that was unexpected I think. So not directly in competition with him but he's very much certainly in the line of fire." Make of that what you will ...

On a happier note, McKidd also dished (somewhat) on the musical:

"I can't really divulge too much or I'll get hung from the nearest tree, but there is some serenading action from most people," he says, but adds: "I would say, [the singing] is more like a sort of fun diversion - because it's a very dramatic episode."

"There's a section in it where there's some levity. But again there's a really great, unexpected payoff to that. I can tell you there's no tap-dancing, I guarantee that. The episode being cut together right now. I'm as interested as anyone to see how it turns out."

He said it was a particularly time-intensive experience:

"We're actually shooting episode 20 right now, and we're only doing 22 episodes this year. I think partly because the musical episode has taken the time it usually takes to shoot two, almost three, episodes, that's the reason we have three episodes to go."

As for his future, McKidd is hoping to visit his family in Scotland this summer, find a movie gig based in Europe and then return to work on the show this summer.

An Owen Hunt Photo

If they'll have him, he says he'd love to direct again:

"The directing went really well this season. My episode was the highest-rated episode this season so far, although not by any of my design, which I am pretty pleased about."

"I don't think it had anything to do with me, but hopefully they'll let me direct more, because I've been bitten by that bug now. Hopefully I'll do that next year too."

McKidd will also take some time during the hiatus to visit Mozambique with a friend who works for Partners for Pediatric Progress, a charity devoted to educating developing-world healthcare providers in cutting-edge pediatric medicine techniques.

Basically, he's awesome. But on the subject of his Grey's Anatomy character, what do you make of his teasers regarding Cristina? Sound off with your comments!

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If owen's going back to amry, only one reason is Cristina breaking Owen's heart,
I also think Owen fully support Cristina to get the chief resident. he knows his wife like to compete everything

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If im not mistaken, the chief picks the chief resident . I keep thinking maybe it has something to do with Owen being recalled back to the army. Remember the end of season 5 he "wanted" to go back to Iraq and Christina said "she didn't want him to die?"

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I think Owen is going to support someone (Alex or Meredith) for chief resident thats why christina will get angry at him

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It's getting nearer the crunch time for the announcement of the new chief resident. I could see Cris rarely going home in an effort to impress the chief, and Owen feeling neglected maybe????

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I'm impressive Kevin mckidd's seriouly been doing the charity things, God bless him!!
besides,I like ep13 directing style, felt fresh!!

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Love Owen and Cristina and look forward to their story for the rest of the season. And yes, I would love for them to have a "baby bump" in the SF.

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Crowen's soul mate storyline always is hot & sex to me ,no matter that's a drama or comedy, only KMK& SO keep me exciting to watch GA,please give them more screen time

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OMG they better last through whatever this is since they have lasted through so much already! They are truly soul mates though, and omg they are the HOTTEST couple ever there is so much chemistry between Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd! Love Owenstina!! Hope they make it through this!

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@chic @PJ Cristina can still get pregnant. After the ectopic pregnancy in season 2, she lost a fallopian tube. She still has another fallopian tube and once it is healthy, she can get pregnant. I agree that Burke will never be back. He was fired by the producers.

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The problem maybe that Cristina will NOT become chief resident and she is mad about that, because she always thinks she os the best, not so. She cannot get pregnant because of the surgery she had,not that she has had any interest in becoming a mother. Burke willnot be back, rememeber Isiah was fired.