We Finally Know All the Details of Megan’s Mysterious Disappearance on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Our favorite show is back! Season 14 of Grey’s Anatomy premiered on Thursday, Sept. 28, and the new episodes have brought one brand new and very important character to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — Owen Hunt‘s long-lost sister, Megan Hunt! Scroll down to see everything you need to know about Megan on Grey’s.
When did Megan first appear on Grey’s Anatomy?
Though Megan appeared during a flashback in a past episode — titled “The Room Where It Happens” — the character officially made her Grey’s debut in the Season 13 finale. In the final scene, Owen (played by Kevin McKidd) and his wife, Amelia Shepherd (played by Caterina Scorsone), were waiting for Megan to be transported to Grey Sloan Memorial after she was missing for many years. Now in Season 14, Megan is a recurring character on the hit medical drama, meaning she’ll stick around for a little while!
Who plays Megan on Grey’s Anatomy?
In the past, Megan was portrayed by actress Bridget Regan, but Bridget left the series due to scheduling conflicts — she currently stars on TNT’s The Last Ship — after the character’s brief Season 13 appearances. In early August 2017, Deadline revealed Megan had been recast and Abigail Spencer would be taking on the role in Season 14. Following the news, the original Megan, Bridget, took to Twitter to praise Abigail’s addition to the show. “Thanks for all the love guys! @AbigailSpencer is an incredible actor, tip top lady, and will be a BRILLIANT Megan on #GreysAnatomy??,” she wrote at the time. So sweet!
Where has Megan been?
Owen’s younger sister was working as a US Army Surgeon in Baghdad, Iraq when she went missing 10 years ago. Megan was on a helicopter — helping to transport an ill patient — that was flying through an unprotected airspace years ago when she disappeared. According to Nathan Riggs (played by Martin Henderson), the helicopter never landed. For years, Owen searched for his sibling but later returned to their Seattle hometown where he got a job working as a trauma surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. She had been presumed dead ever since.
Megan and Owen on Season 14 of Grey’s. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Fast forward a decade and Megan was found living as a prisoner in the basement of a house in a rebel-led neighborhood, where she’d been left following a raid. After a brief hospital stay in Germany, she was sent to Seattle to be reunited with Owen and their mother. “Owen, I’m okay. There was some beatings in the beginning to make sure I didn’t try to escape but after a while I made friends and played cards and did surgery and raised my kid and I was okay,” Megan told her brother in the Season 14 premiere. “I didn’t want you to waste your life looking for me. I used to pray every night that you had gone home to mom and married anyone but [your old girlfriend Beth]. I wanted you to be happy.”
In the Season 14 episode “Danger Zone,” fans learned more details about the circumstances of Megan’s disappearance. While working as a surgeon in Baghdad, Megan was treating an Iraqi woman who the Army thought was a victim of a shooting. When the patient worsened and needed to be transported to another hospital site, Megan went with her — and just before they left, Teddy found out the woman was actually the shooter, not a victim. It is presumed that the woman had something to do with the helicopter never making it to its destination.
Is Megan married to Nathan Riggs?
No, but they are engaged and living together. A decade ago, Riggs proposed to Megan with an emerald necklace while they — along with Owen and Teddy Altman — were working as US Army surgeons in Iraq before Megan disappeared. It was later revealed that Nathan really bought the necklace for another woman whom he had a brief affair with and Megan accidentally found the jewelry, forcing Riggs to propose. Nathan and Megan subsequently both admitted to being unfaithful to each other and their relationship was on the rocks when Megan vanished. When Megan was found and rescued, Nathan was living in Seattle and basically dating Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo), leading to a bit of an awkward love triangle during the current season.
Towards the end of the Season 14 premiere, Nathan got down on one knee and proposed (again) to Megan while she was recuperating in the hospital. Meredith then walked into the room and interrupted to give Megan a surgery update, so their proposal was put on hold. At the very end of the episode, Nathan revealed that Megan did not accept his second proposal because she believed he was still in love with Meredith. Upon hearing the news, Meredith walked away from Nathan without saying a word and the episode ended on a cliffhanger.
Nathan, Megan, and Owen on Season 14 of Grey’s. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But, in the Season 14 episode titled “Danger Zone,” Megan sported a large diamond engagement ring while her son (see below) and fiancé Riggs set up their new house in LA. At the beginning of the show, Owen helped his sister pack up her belongings before she left Seattle. Later, it was revealed that Riggs had left his surgical job at Grey Sloan Memorial and moved to LA to live with Megan and Farouk. The episode also included flashbacks to Megan, Owen, Nathan, and Teddy’s time serving in Baghdad to help fill in plotholes about Megan’s disappearance.
Does Megan have any kids?
Yes, in the Season 14 premiere, Megan revealed she unofficially adopted a son named Farouk Shami during her Iraqi imprisonment. “His parents were Syrian surgeon fighters who died in combat, I took him in when he was four, he’s 10 now,” Megan explained in the episode. “I’m the only parent he has and he is the main reason I stayed sane all these years.” Megan then explained she couldn’t bring her son back to Seattle with her because of US immigration laws and she hoped to return to Iraq to be with her son after recovering in the hospital. But, later in the season, Riggs and Meredith helped bring Farouk to America and the little boy was finally reunited with his mother in the “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” episode.
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