Benjamin Bratt will be hearing wedding bells next month…
The 48-year-old half-Peruvian American actor will be at the center of Private Private’s series finale in January as his character, Dr. Jake Reilly, ties the knot with Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) in a dream wedding, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Shonda [Rimes] had hinted and indicated that that‘s probably where it would go and I knew that she’d deliver and make it an amazing episode,” star Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter of the show creator’s finale plans. “It was clear she wanted to give Addison her happy ending. After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series — all the heartache and hardship — Shonda really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship and she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match.”
After beginning the series’ sixth season with the decision to pick Jake over Sam (Taye Diggs), Addison — who adopted son Henry in season five – inched closer towards having the fairy tale life she’s dreamed of for more than eight and a half years, dating back to the character’s origin on Grey’s Anatomy.
“The show is about Addison Montgomery’s life and it’s kind of a fairy tale so it’s certainly an appropriate ending that she gets the baby and the marriage — she gets the guy and she gets the happiness,” Bratt told THR. “Audiences have not only been rooting for that but they’ll be gratified to see that’s finally what she does receive.”
Showrunner Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter in August ahead of what would become the final season of Private Practice that the character deserved “some semblance of a happy ending.”
“We’re not going to end the show and the 13 episodes with Addison dead; that’s not going to happen,” she said ahead of the season six premiere. “That character has been on such a journey and started out so hated by audiences and became so beloved by audiences that I feel like she’s been on an emotional journey to change who she is from being this woman who cheated on her husband to a different person. You’re just going to see what happens. I don’t think it’s going to be a dark ending.”
The series finale, aptly titled “In Which We Say Goodbye,” airs January 22 at 10:00 pm on ABC.