‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How Long Will Patrick Dempsey Return as Derek Shepherd in Season 17?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere dropped a significant shocker when Patrick Dempsey returned as Derek Shepherd. Of course, everybody is aware of the beloved character died over 5 years in the past. So followers know Derek’s time with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) will probably be short-lived. But how lengthy will Dempsey be again on Grey’s Anatomy? Here’s all the pieces we all know concerning the MerDer arc to date.

How did Patrick Dempsey return as Derek Shepherd on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17?

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In the ultimate moments of the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere, Meredith collapsed after coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all day. The normal surgeon was all of a sudden transported to a peaceable seashore. Then a well-known voice known as out her identify within the distance.

“Meredith,” Derek exclaimed throughout the seashore. He smiled, waving his arms at his spouse, who — very similar to viewers at dwelling — was shocked.

As anticipated, the episode ended proper then and there. However, the trailer for Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 Episode three confirmed the Meredith and Derek seashore second will proceed. In the preview, Meredith advised her husband that she missed him. Then Derek replied, “I know.”

Krista Vernoff reveals how lengthy Patrick Dempsey will play Derek Shepherd on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 in 2020
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | ABC

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After Derek and Meredith’s stunning reunion on Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, the LA Times launched an interview with showrunner Krista Vernoff. She confirmed McDreamy will probably be again not as soon as, however three extra instances.

“We will see more of [Derek] this season. This was not just a cameo,” Vernoff stated. “He will appear three more times.”

Meanwhile, when talking with News Center Maine, Dempsey shared how Derek will tie into Meredith’s storyline shifting ahead. He revealed that his character will “keep coming back” by visiting Meredith when she wants it probably the most.

“I keep coming back, visiting her, and talking to her in critical moments throughout the course of the season,” Dempsey stated.

Krista Vernoff, Patrick Dempsey, and Ellen Pompeo open up about working collectively on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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It’s clear Dempsey gained’t be again on Grey’s Anatomy for lengthy, but it surely appears the Meredith and Derek reunion introduced some pleasure to everybody concerned, from the followers to the workforce behind the present. In an interview with Deadline, Vernoff revealed the writers merely wished to incorporate a enjoyable escape for viewers. Then Pompeo amplified the concept.

“It started as, how do we give people some escape. I had this imagining of a beach motif throughout the season,” Vernoff stated. “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.”

As it turned out, Pompeo and Dempsey reconnected just lately and discussed the potential for Derek’s return whereas on a hike in Malibu. Pompeo advised Deadline each events have been excited to “help people and bring a smile to people’s faces.” They additionally “had a ball” filming collectively once more on Grey’s Anatomy

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 2 in 2020Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on 'Grey's Anatomy' Season 17 Episode 2 in 2020
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2020 | ABC

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“It felt great,” Pompeo stated. “Patrick and I have this chemistry, where I think, even from when we first met, for some reason, it just felt like we’ve known each other for a hundred years. And it’s just the same feeling. It’s like riding a bike, we just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other.”

She continued, “It was very healing to come back. And know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile.”

Dempsey additionally shared his ideas on reprising his function. “It was really fun, very special. It felt really comfortable, incredibly safe,” he stated.

Then when the actor was requested whether or not he’d do extra episodes, Dempsey didn’t precisely say no. He stated:

Yeah, it was enjoyable, as a result of I actually love the message of what the dynamic is on this story. With all the pieces that we’re coping with proper now, and definitely, we’ve got been distracted with the election, however we’re going to get again into the fact of COVID, being in a pandemic, and all of the lives which were misplaced. Where are these souls going? And I feel that’s what attracted me to this storyline. I feel it may be actually useful and therapeutic to so many individuals.

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