9 unpopular opinions on Izzie (according to Reddit)

When Grey’s Anatomy premiered in 2005, one of the main characters was Katherine Heigl’s Izzie Stevens. Although many surgeons thought Izzie was just a good pair of shoes that couldn’t do anything wrong, it turned out to be so much more than that.

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Even though she was a main character, Izzie was quite polarizing, and the reception of her character over the years has been mostly negative. Viewers of the series often complain about its release in Season 6 and, more recently, Alex Karev’s decision to find her offscreen. While she receives a lot of criticism, there are also fans who come to her defense and recognize how human she was.

9 Denny and Izzie weren’t a good couple


Izzie and Denny in a hospital bed

Izzie Stevens fell in love with her patient Denny Duquette in season 2 of Grey’s, even accepting his proposal despite the two never interacting outside of the hospital.

While much of his Seasons 2 and 3 arc revolved around his fall in love and then dealing with Denny’s death, one fan started a thread questioning their romance. They pointed out that Izzie’s controlling behavior regarding Denny’s medical procedures was bordering on goosebumps, writing, “If Denny didn’t like him too, it would be seen as scary, obsessive and dangerous.”

8 Izzie and Alex were soul mates


Alex kisses Izzie

Alex Karev and his second wife, Jo, were seen as a perfect partner, helping each other through their trauma. However, Alex ultimately leaves his wife to return to Izzie, reconciling a relationship that ended in Season 6.

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While many fans were furious about it, a Reddit thread argued that Izzie was actually better for Alex than Jo and their reconciliation made a lot of sense. Especially since “she took care of Alex when he was much more intolerable and started the development of his main character.” Few of the comments agreed, but one pointed out that their individual differences make them an interesting couple.


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seven Izzie and George were a good match


Izzie and George laughing

In Season 3, seemingly out of nowhere, Izzie and George find out they have feelings for each other and begin an affair during his marriage to Callie. It came as a shock to many viewers, who previously viewed the two as nothing more than close friends.

One fan agreed that while the script was a surprise and ended up being dropped without an explanation, they actually found the two convincing together, describing their chemistry as “off the charts.”


6 Izzie was instrumental in the show’s success


Promotional photo of Izzie Stevens

The series’ original five interns, also known as MAGIC, and their various personalities were part of what made the series so interesting in its early days.

A Reddit thread explained how unfair the hatred of Izzie’s character is among fans, stating that Katherine Heigl’s excellent acting made the show more believable, stating that “the show would never have been the same without [her]. Her “Doctor Model” stories and Denny in particular drew viewers to a character who wasn’t Meredith or Derek.


5 Izzie was a bad friend of George


Izzie and George are talking

Despite her flaws throughout the series, one thing fans admired the most about Izzie Stevens was that she was a great friend to the other interns, including Meredith and George.

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However, some argue that the way she behaved during George’s marriage to Callie was anything but kind and showed her true colors. One fan wrote: “Izzie was a very bad friend of George and was instrumental in his marriage to Callie [as she] constantly sowed doubt in his mind. “


4 The Season 16 update on his life was important


Izzie and Alex's children

When it was announced that Justin Chambers’ Alex Karev would be leaving the show in Season 16, viewers wondered if Izzie Stevens would have anything to do with his resignation from Gray-Sloan.

While many fans didn’t care for an update on Izzie’s life, one fan noted that they were thrilled to get a glimpse of her present because she was a main character, and they were happy to know that Alex chose to be with her. Regarding the scene with Alex and Izzie’s twins, they wrote, “This scene featured in the episode of Alex leaving gave me hope for a reunion someday.”


3 She was a realistic character


Izzie Stevens is often criticized for her human flaws, ranging from emotional attachment to patients to abandoning her friends at the first sign of trouble.

A Reddit fan wrote a lengthy thread dedicated to her character, pointing out that much of her behavior was justified given her upbringing and how she was treated compared to her fellow interns. They described her as being a realist, and was “young and made mistakes”, just like most of the other characters on the show.




2 Its exit makes sense


Viewers were outraged when Izzie stood up and left Alex Karev in season 6, despite having just married him. A mistake at work caused her to let go at work, causing her to question her place in Seattle and decide she had to start over.

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Most fans argue that her exit was completely irrelevant and that after everything she had been through, she should have wanted to stay and give her marriage a chance. But one fan came to her defense, describing the trauma she suffered in Seasons 5 and 6, such as her near-death experience and the loss of her best friend as a perfect explanation for wanting to start over, writing: “She had nothing left in Seattle and needed to go to get away from it all. “


1 His character is too hated


Izzie Steven in Grey's Anatomy

When most fans are asked to describe which character they dislike the most over the many seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, Izzie Stevens is usually at the top of the list. Mainly because of his departure, but also because of some controversial plotlines.

A Reddit thread expressed frustration at Izzie’s hatred, arguing that she has a bad reputation overall. One user wrote: “I literally don’t understand the extreme hatred towards Izzie. I think some people blame him for Alex leaving, but Alex made the choice to leave Jo.” Izzie is blamed for a lot, even years after leaving Seattle, with viewers forgetting the positive aspects of her character.

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