Jesse Williams Speaks on Grey's Anatomy Promotion, Character

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One of Grey's Anatomy's newest cast members, Jesse Williams, has sparked discussion ever since his debut in Season Six. What can we expect now that he's a regular?

At ABC's press events this week, the actor who plays Jackson offered some hints as to what to expect, and also talked about how it felt to get a promotion this summer.

"It was wonderful. It was kind of time-release period of information," he says. "I knew I got picked up for the option and I knew it was a possibility, a narrow possibility."

"And then I got the news overseas on a break during the hiatus. So, it was great," he adds. "It was a nice little treat during vacation, to bring it all back together."

When asked what fans can expect going forward, Williams hasn't heard if the Cristina-Jackson relationship will develop or if he'll be involved in any romantic storyline.

Lexie and Jackson

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Jesse Williams' Dr. Jackson Avery made quite an impression last season.

As for the bloody finale in May and the other surviving Mercy West transfer, April, has it set them back in their quest to become part of the Seattle Grace team?

"We lost two of our roommates and good friends in the finale," he says of the tragic deaths of Reed and Charles. "We were already kind of the new guys in the hospital, so Sarah Drew's character and mine, Jackson and April, are again fish out of water."

"We just started to get acclimated and then here we are again thrown upside down."

Click here for a video of Williams' interview and leave us a comment below with your thoughts on what you'd like to see - if anything - from Jackson and April this year.

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