GREY’S ANATOMY KILLS McDREAMY TWO & A HALF MEN GETS THE LAST LAUGH
There simply aren’t enough tissues as we say goodbye to Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy.
Season 11 Mondays M-Net 19:30
Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) is dead. No amount of spoilers we’ve seen – and this has been frontpage news – can make this any less shocking. On Monday 18 May, before Derek left for Washington DC to resign from his White House job, he lovingly told Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), “Wait for me. I’ll be back before you know it.” But fans got chills when Meredith got a call from Washington revealing that Derek didn’t make his meeting. On Monday 25 May, Meredith cycled through irritation, concern and outright fear as Derek’s silence continued. But we knew that bad news was coming when a police car pulled up at the end of the episode. Monday 1 June’s episode begins with Meredith’s traumatic announcement of Derek’s death. The how and why will follow.
HOW TO TAKE A LIFE
SA fans will see Derek’s death episode on Monday 1 June at 19:30, followed by the first part of a two-hour special at 20:30, with the second part airing on Monday 8 June. This is what’s in it:
The accident: Derek’s a good Samaritan to a roadside accident. Patients saved, he stops his car to reach for his phone and a huge truck drives right into him. But that’s not what kills him…
Derek’s death: he’s stuck at a hospital where the docs aren’t well trained. A
trail of negligence and bad decisions turn a survivable accident into a fatal one. Meredith is called in as his next of kin with an agonising decision: let him linger, brain dead, or let Derek go.
Special part 1: after Meredith announces his death three times because nobody is listening, there’s a 45-second funeral and memorial scene. Then Meredith takes Zola (Aniela Gumbs) and little Bailey (Eve and Elle Tanz), walks out of her house and leaves everything behind. We watch what happens with the rest of the Grey’s team as time skips forward, first to Easter, then Memorial Day, 4th Of July and Halloween, then Thanksgiving (the first time anyone’s managed to contact Meredith) and finally Christmas, when we learn that Meredith’s been keeping a huge secret.
Special part 2: the New Year begins with Meredith asking Zola to call 911 before she’s raced off to hospital. With Alex (Justin Chambers) listed as her emergency contact, her friends find out what she’s been dealing with. And on Valentine’s Day, Meredith returns and prepares to start all over again.
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
While some fans are insisting that they can’t go on without Derek, others have gotten used to Meredith’s life without him while he was at the White House. And that includes Ellen Pompeo, who tweeted her view on life after Derek’s death on Monday 27 April: “There are many people out there who have suffered tremendous loss and tragedy. Husbands and wives of soldiers, victims of senseless violence and parents who have lost children. People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible. So it is for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honoured and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible. I hope you will join me on her journey.”
WHY, SHONDA, WHY?
But did Derek really have to die? Show creator Shonda Rimes told fans in her public statement that “Patrick Dempsey shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, pain- ful and always true – of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.” But for her, the story goes on because, “As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.” But aside from this statement, Shonda has been tightlipped about why Derek had to die.
TIME TO GO
Patrick’s character was killed despite him renewing his contract for two years in January 2014. And surprisingly, he’s fine with it. “Things happened quickly. It unfolded in a very organic way,” he reveals. “This was obviously the right time. I think it will be very shocking, the way it happens. But life is like that.” Patrick might have started to feel the countdown before then. In November 2014, after nearly 10 years on the show he said, “Acting has been a blessing for me. But it’s transitional for me right now. I’m looking forward to the next thing, creatively.” With Grey’s over, Patrick will have more time for his favourite hobby – racing cars.
Derek’s voiceover reveals the
moment he knows that he’s
going to die.
Derek sees the truck.