Patrick Dempsey Returns: Revisit Gray’s Anatomy’s most stunning moments
Talk about a (Mc) dreamy surprise!
Grey’s Anatomy fans were shocked afterwards Patrick Dempsey repeated his role as Derek Shepherd at the end of the season 17 premiere on November 12th. In the last 30 seconds of the episode, Dr. McDreamy back together with Ellen PompeoMeredith Gray on the beach as part of a dream-like sequence – the first time Dempsey has returned to the show since his character’s death in 2015.
The sequence took place after Dr. Gray was found collapsed in the parking lot of the Gray Sloan Memorial. At the beginning of the episode, viewers watched the hospital’s doctors and nurses tackle various challenges, including managing the number of COVID-19 deaths and inadequate PPE in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.
During an interview with Deadline, showrunner Krista Vernoff talked about the pandemic and how the idea of bringing Dempsey back came about.
“From a writer’s point of view, this was because it was my job to find a way – once we found out we were going to make the pandemic – to bring joy and escape as well and candy and all the things that we do at Grey’s Anatomy give people, “she said of his appearance. “We give them romance and we give them humor and we give them joy and much of it is lacking in the medical community in this pandemic. And so one day I was walking on the beach and I thought, what if it’s a Meredith -Dream motif there? “