‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Have 1 Major Issue With Derek Shepherd’s Season 17 Return

by Jeremy Spirogis
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in

Grey’s Anatomy delighted and stunned followers with its season 17 premiere. Most notable was the return of the long-deceased Derek Shepherd, in a transfer nearly nobody noticed coming. But not everybody was completely satisfied about this plot twist. Discover why some Grey’s followers have blended emotions in regards to the character’s look.

Patrick Dempsey starred in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for 11 seasons

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 4
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 4 | Michael Desmond/Walt Disney Television by way of Getty Images

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Actor Patrick Dempsey portrays Derek, a neurosurgeon, in Grey’s Anatomy. He meets Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) at a bar within the pilot, and the 2 have a one-night stand. The subsequent day, she arrives for her internship on the similar hospital the place he works. This association is additional difficult when his spouse exhibits up.

Derek and Meredith’s on-again, off-again relationship (which led to marriage and children) was removed from Dempsey’s solely position within the collection. His character was shot by a disgruntled gunman, survived a airplane crash, and was even provided a job working on the White House, which he took regardless of Meredith’s emotions on the matter.

Derek Shepherd died following an accident 

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Throughout Grey’s Anatomy’s 16 seasons, many characters have come and gone. While some depart for different jobs, that might by no means be the case with Derek, who was tied to the present so long as he was with Meredith. In Season 11, Derek is on his technique to resign from his job in Washington when he’s hit by a truck.

The episode exhibits one other hospital’s failings, as choices are made that in the end price Derek his life. Meredith arrives to see as he’s on life assist. She says her goodbyes, permits the nurse to unplug the machine, and Derek dies with out fanfare. Dempsey has mentioned little about why he selected to depart the present.

He returned within the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere

Derek obtained a correct sendoff from Grey’s Anatomy. And within the years since Dempsey’s character’s loss of life, the present has allowed Meredith to maneuver on, getting into right into a romance with Andrew DeLuca. In a transfer that shocked followers, Derek reappeared within the season 17 premiere — in what seems to be a dream sequence.

“Thank you all for watching with us last night and showing up!! What did you think??” tweeted Pompeo to viewers after the premiere. “I think if Denny Duquette’s ghost can stick around for half a season, Derek should be there the rest of the way,” replied one, evaluating Derek’s look to a season 5 storyline.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ followers acknowledged a draw back to his cameo

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd in 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 | ABC

Though he’s within the trailer for the November 19 episode “My Happy Ending,” Dempsey probably received’t obtain far more screentime (particularly provided that title). While the main target for a lot of is Meredith’s well being and (hopeful) restoration from no matter is ailing her, some acknowledged one other drawback.

“I just realized we’re going to have to say goodbye to Derek Shepherd again and Meredith has to say goodbye to Derek again,” wrote one Twitter person. It took Meredith years to return to phrases with Derek’s loss of life. Will this be a happier farewell with closure, or will it break the viewers’ hearts yet again?

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