We bid farewell to the incomparable Dr. Mark Sloan in our Grey's Anatomy Round Table this week. Now show creator Shonda Rhimes has penned her own eulogy for the character, one of her all-time favorites.
In tonight’s new episode, “Remember the Time,” Eric Dane's character will grace our screens one final time as Shonda reveals to us how Sloan went from alive in the Season 8 finale to being on life support last week.
Mark's death (below) will go down as one of the most tear-filled Grey's moments in eight-plus seasons.
Rhimes full obituary for Sloan appears in EW's new issue, but this excerpt has been posted online:
Last week, Mark Sloan succumbed to injuries sustained in the plane crash that took the life of fellow surgeon Alexandra Caroline Grey. By the time he died, he was no longer just a hot naked guy in a towel. He’d become more than McSteamy. Mark had grown to become a mentor, a true best friend, a father, and the love of Lexie Grey’s life.
After six seasons, the end of Mark Sloan was a great loss for me as a writer and for the show. And for the fans. I like to believe that Mark is with Lexie somewhere. That those two characters are spending eternity together, getting to have the relationship they were never able to have when they were alive. Because, as Lexie’s dying words told us, she and Mark were “meant to be.”
Mark Everett Sloan died on September 27, 2012. He is survived by his daughter Sofia; his baby mamas, Callie and Arizona; his fellow doctors at Seattle Grace; and every woman who ever imagined what it might be like to have a little McSteamy between her sheets.
He will be missed by all.
See Mark's final episode tonight on ABC at 9/8c.