Shonda Rhimes Killed Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy for LOVE

By on August 5, 2015
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The moment we have all been waiting for….the real reason writer, Shonda Rhimes killed off our favorite character from the long running series, Grey’s Anatomy, McDreamy, played by Patrick Dempsey. While the world mourned what we saw as the ‘sudden death’ of McDreamy and the couple Meredith and Derek, we asked over and over, “Why Shonda? Why did you do it?” Viewers everywhere swore they would never be able to watch Grey’s Anatomy again and still Shonda didn’t say much. No apologies. A simple – it was time and life must go on…until now.

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Rhimes appeared along with Ellen Pompeo at the 2015 Summer Press Tour and finally revealed the reason behind the death of McDreamy and ultimately it came down to LOVE. Rhimes confessed,

“The decision to have the character die the way that he did was not a difficult one in the sense of what were the options?” she explained. “Either Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her high and dry, and what was that going to mean? That was going to suggest that the love was not true. The thing we had said about their love was a lie, and McDreamy wasn’t McDreamy. For me, that was untenable. Meredith and Dereks’ love had to remain Meredith and Dereks’ love. As painful as it was for me as a storyteller… the only way to preserve what felt true to me was that Derek was going to die in order for that love to remain honest. To have him be a bad guy who walks out on his wife and kids wouldn’t have felt true to the story. To me, it felt like that was the only way to make Meredith and Derek’s magic remain true and forever frozen in time.”

Rhimes has a very valid point – the fans of Grey’s Anatomy have been following Derek and Meredith since the beginning – 11 years. We have watched what started in a bar as a fling, turned into full blown love. Their love made us believe again. Believe that love does conquer all – shootings, changing jobs, long distance romance and death included. The couple ultimately married and had two children – one adopted when Derek was alive and one born nine months after Derek Shepherd was killed. We saw the relationship bloom and followed them through their ups and downs, relating to the idea of ‘happily ever after.’

What do you think about Shonda Rhimes explanation? Do you agree with the reason she killed off McDreamy.


  1. Louisa

    August 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t believe this explanation. Rhimes is a writer and should be able to write a good story around Meredith and Derek, keeping them intact. If she could not do that, she’s lost the touch and Greys is as good as over

  2. sj

    August 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Just check your facts- they had 3 children- one adopted daughter Zola and a son Bailey and daughter Ellis who was born after Derek’s death

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