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After ten seasons, you’d think “Grey’s Anatomy” wouldn’t have any surprises left.

Yet almost nobody could have seen this coming. Creator Shonda Rhimes confirmed this week that Isaiah Washington will reprise his role of Preston Burke on the ABC hit later this season.

Burke’s return comes as his one-time fiancé, Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), prepares to leave the series at the end of season 10.

“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Rhimes said in a statement (via TVLine). “Burke is vital to that journey – he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

The news came not long after it was announced that the show would air a “Sliding Doors”-style episode centering on Oh’s character.

Washington was famously fired at the end of season 3 after allegedly using a gay slur to refer to his co-star, T.R. Knight. He will next co-star on the CW’s “The 100,” which bows later this month.

Are you shocked that Burke will be back? Is it necessary for Cristina to get closure? Should Katherine Heigl be next? Weigh in below!