Grey’s Anatomy fans are torn between being shocked and ecstatic is an understatement. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, has returned to the long-running medical drama. The show gifted its fans an early Christmas present during the premiere episode of Season 17. A dream sequence saw Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, with Derek at a beach. Can you believe it?
HOW DID DEREK SHEPHERD RETURN?
It was in 2015 that Grey’s Anatomy left its fans distraught after the beloved character, Derek Shepherd aka McDreamy was killed in a tragic accident. Now, in a big twist during the concluding scenes Season 17’s premiere episode, there was the Meredith and Derek reunion fans had been desperately waiting for.
HOW DO MEREDITH AND DEREK REUNITE?
A promo of the second episode was shared on Grey's Anatomy Official’s Instagram page. It showed Derek’s return in what’s Meredith’s imagination. We hear “No, you’re not McDreaming. This is happening” in the promo’s beginning.
Meredith, after collapsing is on a hospital bed at Grey Sloan Memorial. Then what appears to be a near-death experience takes her to a reverie of her own. She finds herself at a beach, calling Derek’s name as he waves to her. She tells him, "I miss you," and Derek responds, "I know." The caption of the promo reads, “This is really, truly happening. #GreysAnatomy.” Take a look:
ELLEN POMPEO WANTED TO BRING PATRICK DEMPSEY BACK
Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff told an entertainment portal about bringing Patrick Dempsey back. She said, “I had this imagining of a beach motif throughout the season, and I called Ellen, and I said, what if we bring back, I don’t know, some dead character that you could dream of on the beach, that would be so fun for the fans. And she said, let’s get Patrick.”
Patrick Dempsey said about returning to the show, “I know that they (the fans) have been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.”
The makers of Grey’s Anatomy have revealed that Patrick Dempsey will continue to appear in more episodes this season. Can’t wait!
Grey's Anatomy Season 17 is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.