Eric Dane (Mark Sloan)
When: Season 9, Episode 2
How: Sloan died of injuries he sustained during a fatal plane crash.
Why: Dane and Rhimes both agreed that it was time to wrap up McSteamy’s story line.
Whether He’ll Return: Dane didn’t seem down to return in March 2020 when a Twitter user asked for “McSteamy’s miracle return,” replying, “He’s super dead.”
The following year, however, he reprised his beloved role during Meredith’s aforementioned coronavirus dream. “I mean, if you’re ever going to bring Mark Sloan back, I guess with Meredith in a coma, it’s a good way for her to see him,” he told Deadline after the April 2021 episode aired. “So, it wasn’t a tough sell, and it made sense.”Back to top