“Grey’s Anatomy” fans were shocked by the death of Derek Shepherd, but the fact that Patrick Dempsey tears up when talking about the relationship of Meredith and Derek shows fans of that he is just as affected by the end of his time on the series. On April 26, USA Today shared comments made by the actor about the death of his character on the ABC series.
Patrick Dempsey has been the one half of the main couple on “Grey’s Anatomy” since it began a decade ago. Meredith and Derek have been through a lot together over the last 11 seasons. They have cheated death on many occasions. Derek has been shot and he survived a plane crash. Meredith almost blew up, almost drowned, and she also survived the plane crash that killed her sister.
However, Derek Shepherd did not cheat death on the last episode. After saving the victims of a bad car accident, Derek was ready to pull away from the crash scene. In one moment, he pulled out into the road, but stopped to grab his phone. He had no idea that a semi was headed towards him.
The truck hit him, and he was taken to the hospital. The hospital staff did not have the proper training to care for him, and he died on the operating table. He was kept alive by machines until his wife could arrive. Meredith had a bad feeling all day, and that feeling was proven true when the cops arrived at her door. They took her to the hospital, and she was faced with the realization that Derek was gone. She signed the papers to allow his removal from the machines keeping him alive.
Dempsey spoke about his last day of filming for the series. He said the following:
“I’m still processing it. This is part of the mourning process, the post Grey’s experience. … (The final day of shooting) was very quiet. It was very poetic and I very quietly left. It was beautiful. It was raining, which was really touching. I got in my Panamera, got in rush hour traffic, and two hours later I was home. I’m emotional now talking about it because you start to look at the reality of it.”
The actor did show emotion when he was asked about the relationship of Meredith and Derek. The couple has dealt with a lot over the last 11 seasons, but they had finally figured out that they wanted their lives together for good. Derek knew she was the love of his life, and Meredith knew she could live without him. However, she didn’t want to live without him. Now, she is being forced to live without Derek.
Dempsey said the following about the chemistry between him and Ellen Pompeo:
“Beautiful chemistry. It’s magic. Chemistry. It’s beautiful. We’re like a married couple. It’s 10 years and it was magic from the beginning. Chemistry right away. Very moving, always has been.”
Now with Derek’s passing, many fans are wondering how “Grey’s Anatomy” will go on. A season 12 has already been assured, but the series will be very different without the centerpiece of Meredith and Derek’s relationship. The exit of Meredith is teased for the next episode, but that would be an even bigger shock.
Ellen Pompeo had kept quiet after the episode’s airing, but she went to her Twitter on Monday morning to talk about Meredith and the series. She tweeted the following, according to People Magazine:
“There are so many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible. So it it for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored And excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible. I hope you will all join me on her journey.”
Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind the popular ABC series, also spoke about the future of the series and the end of McDreamy. Fans have not been happy about the fact that Rhimes killed off Derek Shepherd. She realized she was making a major move by killing off his character. She said the following in a statement:
“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘Mcdreamy.’ His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire Grey’s Anatomy family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say … the carousel never stops turning.”
How will “Grey’s Anatomy handled the loss of Derek Shepherd? Will Meredith stay in Seattle? Will she leave and live her new life elsewhere? Fans will need to keep watching to find out. There are three more episodes left this season. The series will air a special two hour episode to say good-bye to Derek on Thursday night.