On Thursday night, the Season 17 premiere of the long-running medical drama brought on a rollercoaster of emotions for viewers with one of its most jaw-dropping plot twists ever: the return of Dr. Shepherd, known to viewers as "McDreamy".
As fans would know, Derek died in a vehicle accident during Season 11, and his departure has always been a point of contention for fans of the series.
"Season 17 has been a Herculean effort by our cast, our crew, our writers, and our partners at Disney and ABC - and we are proud of it".
Pompeo noted that she explained that having the reunion during a time of "so much darkness" would provide a "ray of light" for fans - and he loved the idea.
Whether it's an inoperable tumor, a man stuck in cement or a bomb planted inside a body, every new season of Grey's Anatomy has such awful yet fascinating cases that you can't help but be hooked on to the show to know what happens next. The original male lead of the series Patrick Dempsey Appeared in a beach dream scene with his character Derek Shepard Ellen PompeoMeredith crashed into the Gray Sloan parking lot. And Derek's return provided pure joy for us, for Meredith, and for the fans.
While Izzie's storyline was eventually resolved on the show some 10 years after her character's exit, Vernoff revealed that there was a plan in place to do it much sooner. "And that, clearly, was bringing Patrick Dempsey back on the show".
Vernoff said Dempsey's return was no easy feat and had to be kept "top secret" until the day of filming.
She elaborated in the Deadline interview, explaining that they put the name of Meredith's dead mother in in the script at the table read. This came as a very pleasant surprise for fans, may we add. But our effort is nothing compared to the jobs of our leading health workers who are dedicated this season. But if we see more MerDer scenes in the show, we'll take it!
'I mean, wouldn't it be exciting if we did?' she joked.
Blast from the past: The episode featured Derek's sister naming her newborn after him. We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks and protect each other. "I know that they've been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully". As Derek Sheppard puts it, 'This is a attractive day to save lives'.