It's another season in the can for "Grey's Anatomy," which aired its 13th season finale last night. Unsurprisingly, the show has decided to let go of another of its cast, but thankfully, this time, the character didn't need to die a tragic death. The latest departure comes via Jerrika Hinton's Dr. Stephanie Edwards, who viewers initially thought would die from the fire that the deranged patient caused.

Dr. Edwards survived the nerve-wracking experience, but not without realizing that working at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital was no longer for her. The actress took to Instagram to share some words about her departure, which according to The Hollywood Reporter may be because of her role in HBO's upcoming series from Alan Ball, which is at the moment still untitled.

Shonda Rhimes praises Jerrika Hinton

"Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes had nothing but praises for Jerrika Hinton, who has played the role of Dr. Stephanie Edwards in the show's last four seasons. Rhimes said, "Jerrika has shared so much of herself with Stephanie and I am incredibly proud of the journey we’ve taken together. While I’m sad to see Stephanie leave Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, I am excited to see what’s next for Jerrika."

Dr. Edwards bids a tearful goodbye to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital

In last night's season finale of "Grey's Anatomy," viewers found Dr. Edwards emerging triumphant as she decided to end her stay at the hospital. She bravely admitted that after years of saving other people's lives, it was about time that she saved her own. Jerrika Hinton, who played the character for four years, called the event a "natural conclusion" and "a hero's journey" because Dr.

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Edwards finally saw her life "for what it is" and has decided to move on to another path.

Actress thanks the show for her 'graceful departure'

Jerrika Hinton's departure from "Grey's Anatomy" is unique in the sense that her character, Dr. Stephanie Edwards, did not die a tragic death. From a show that is known to kill off, it's favorite characters, it is quite a breather to see someone walk away from the show alive. According to CNN, the actress took to Instagram to share a few words about her departure, writing that she's grateful for the "graceful departure that underscores the courage it takes to choose yourself."

Hinton added that Stephanie had to fight for her freedom, and that bravery is something that inspires her.

She also posted an Instagram video to honor black women she represents on the show, writing, "To the ones who look like me — it is for you that my heart burns brightest. I hear you when you say I represent you." "Grey's Anatomy" is set to return for its 14th season later this year.