*Major spoilers ahead*
Last Thursday night, fans of Grey’s Anatomy were completely shocked when beloved character Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) was suddenly killed and therefore off the show. Everyone was in complete disbelief; Dempsey had been a main cast member on the doctor drama for eleven years. Many were just very sad and upset; the internet was full of pictures and videos of crying fans. Others were enraged at what creator Shonda Rhimes had done. Derek was killed off very violently and suddenly. Viewers barely had time to process what happened before McDreamy was officially declared dead. Here’s what happened:
Derek is taking a back road, trying to get to the airport in time for his flight. He witnesses a horrific two-car accident, in which four people were severely injured. He races to help them, trying to phone for an ambulance, but unfortunately there is no reception. Regardless of this major setback, Derek saves the victims, and a car catching on fire finally draws the attention of medical personnel. EMTs come, everyone is off to the hospital, and Derek gets in his car to go home. Just when you think everything’s fine, a tractor-trailer comes out of nowhere and t-bones Derek’s car. He’s rushed to the hospital, but his injuries are extreme. He has internal bleeding and a severe head injury. The doctors caring for him make some critical mistakes, causing Derek to become brain-dead. His wife Meredith is informed, and she rushes to the hospital, but it’s too late. She is forced to make the decision to take Derek off of life support. The episode ends right after that.
Fans were mainly upset about how quickly and coldly Derek was killed off. Everything happened so fast, and being killed in a car crash after helping out car crash victims seemed extremely heartless. Many are wondering what caused one of the central characters to be killed off. Rumors have it that Dempsey was exhibiting diva behavior on set, and creator Rhimes has no patience for that. She wrote this episode herself, which is a rarity. In a recent interview, Dempsey was asked how this happened when he had signed a contract to keep him on through season 12. (He did not even make it to the end of 11). He said:
“It just sort of evolved. It just kind of happened. [Being written off] was something that was kind of surprising and uh, just naturally came to be. I like the way it has all played out.”
Patrick may be having a seemingly good attitude about this, but fans are not. They aren’t just in denial; they are actively trying to get Derek Shepherd back on Grey’s Anatomy. A petition on change.org was made to bring Dempsey back, and already has over 70,000 signatures. The petition starts with, “This is important because you cannot have people invest a DECADE into a character and then you just terminate them like that! You have people out here donating blood and organs trying to save lives, wanting to become doctors and all from committing to this television show..just to let us down like this. You’ve destroyed us. COMPLETELY! Why Shonda, Why?” The odds of this petition helping are slim; Shonda is known for being ruthless and not being overly sensitive to fans’ feelings. It still is fascinating that thousands of people are on board with this, though.
What do you think of McDreamy’s death? Let us know in the comments or tweet us using #glamorouspaper! And if you’re interested in the petition, the link is here.