Grey’s Anatomy’s George O’Malley had plenty of memorable storylines in the first six seasons, but some details about him might have dodged fans.
There have always been superfluous deaths in Grey’s Anatomy, and among the ones that still hurt fans the most despite having occurred several seasons ago is the death of George O’Malley. The surgical resident had some of the most entrancing arcs and was destined to have a great career as an army trauma surgeon before tragedy struck.
George’s future appeared easy to predict at first. In a perfect world, he would have followed Owen and Teddy’s paths by attending to servicemen before returning to Seattle. As for his past, fans already know most of the things about him. George’s narrative was quite fluid, but some details about him aren’t so easy to pick up on in this show’s many complex storylines.
George Had More Letters Of Recommendation Than Any Other Grey’s Anatomy Character
Upon receiving admission into the surgical program at Seattle Grace, George is relieved because he almost missed out. Interestingly, he had 14 letters of recommendation, more than any other applicant.
That George almost misses out despite coming highly recommended is indeed odd. However, it shows just how strict and competitive an institution Seattle Grace is. With accomplished surgeons like Richard Webber at the helm, it takes more than letters of recommendation to be considered worthy.
George Was An Accomplished High-School Student
George accomplishes a lot as an adult, but as a child, things were even better for him. In school, he was the secretary of the Dungeons and Dragons Club. He was also the best “mathlete,” and in addition to that, he won the blue ribbon award in the school’s Biology Club for successfully performing surgery on a fetal pig.
By successfully operating on a pig at a fairly young age was enough proof that George was destined to be a great surgeon. With his leadership abilities also proven, he probably would have grown to be one of the best chiefs of surgery in Grey’s Anatomy. Unfortunately, death robbed viewers of such a talented soul.
A Grey’s Anatomy Tie-In Novel Reveals George’s First Heartbreak
A younger George asked his crush to prom and, to his surprise, she agreed. She later asked him to drive her to a local college only for him to learn that she wanted him to drop her off at her boyfriend’s room.
Fans who’ve only watched the show are probably unfamiliar with these proceedings since they are exclusive to “Notes From The Nurses’ Station,” a tie-in Grey’s Anatomy canon novel written by Stacy McKee. George’s heart would eventually becomes a heartbreaker too by cheating on Callie. Toying with Callie’s heart is undoubtedly one of the most shameless things George ever did on Grey’s Anatomy.
George Has Unique Freckles On His Hand
After George’s tragic accident, Meredith is only able to identify him after he writes on her hand. Another little detail that gets revealed around the same time is that George has a freckle in the shape of Texas on his hand.
Among everyone he has ever had been friends or romantically involved with, Callie is the only one who knew this information. This underscores George’s tendency to be cagey with details about his life. He has always preferred communicating on a need-to-know basis and that has helped him maintain a level of privacy that other characters don’t enjoy.
George Is The Only Original Grey’s Anatomy Character To Not Complete His Residency
George is the only one among the first batch of characters to not complete his residency and become and become a full-time attending physician. This exception happens because of his death.
George’s residency would have taken him five years to complete, meaning he was quite close when his character was killed off. On the show, it’s been explained that the cardiothoracic surgical residency takes the longest to complete (six years) while ophthalmology and dermatology residencies are the shortest at three years.