The Aftermath of McDreamy’s Death

Grey's Anatomy and it's fans are struggling following the death of Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey.
Grey’s Anatomy and its fans are struggling following the death of Derek Shepherd played by Patrick Dempsey.

**Warning there are spoilers ahead if you have not watched the past two episode ofGrey’s Anatomy**

Last week Grey’s Anatomy fans were left shocked and angry following the death of the series main character Dr. Derek ‘McDreamy’ Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Series creator Shonda Rhimes is famous for killing off main characters (I’ll still never get over that plane crash) but fans always thought Derek Shepherd was safe. After all, the show had centered around the ongoing relationship between him and Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). That all came to an end when the neurosurgeon ironically died from brain damage. This Thursday’s episode was the first one since his character was killed and fans were waiting to see what the response would be.

I know I was tuning in to see if I would even continue watching the show. It is definitely not the same show that it was when the pilot episode ran. Sure, I still loved Grey’s and it often had good story lines, but it had lost a lot of what made it great. Yet, I stuck through the many character write offs and deaths, including that of my favorite character Mark Sloan. However, like so many others I kept hope because the one thing I knew for sure was that the show would end with Derek and Meredith together and happy with their kids. However, that all came to an end last week. The news was reconfirmed this week when Meredith walked into the hospital and quietly announced “Derek is Dead” to a room filled with the unaware Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary), Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), and Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.). She had to repeat herself three times before they began to notice and the effects of the death were seen.

The acting and reactions to the death were pretty good and what you would expect. The characters mourned the loss of Derek Shepherd who had meant so much to the story line. Yet, many viewers were left feeling like that was not enough. It might have been a more realistic approach, but we did not see enough of how badly they would have been upset. The episode spanned months, so a lot was missed and cut out. We just saw little snippets of their lives and holidays lost without Meredith and Derek. Additionally, an obvious opportunity to bring back past characters was lost. Addison (Kate Walsh) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) were mentioned, but not shown. The Cristina Yang audience got to know in the first ten seasons of the show would have been there for this and I just really miss Addison.

Meredith responded to the tragedy in a realistic way, running away. This made sense considering how much she had been through. Her closest friends, particularly an upset Alex, could not get a hold of her no matter how hard they tried. It was later revealed that she was pregnant with Derek’s baby, which was a nice plot addition. It was not until she had a dangerous delivery of the baby that she was reunited with the other doctors of Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. Alex Karev, since he is her “person,” was listed as her emergency contact and was called in following her admission to the hospital. This was a really nice story line because I always love seeing Alex and Meredith moments since they are the only ones remaining from the original interns. Karev then brought her and her children home, where she would have to face the memories of her life with Derek. Cue the video montage and my uncontrollable crying.

The shining performance of the episode came from Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scosone) though, who went through all the stages of grief. This culminated in an emotional breakdown that almost lead to her relapsing on Oxy. Scosone’s acting was perfect during the scene and she really shined. Additionally, it provided a good moment between her and Owen since their relationship seems to be blossoming (not sure how I feel about that because of Cristina). It still remains to be seen though where Grey’s will go from here without Derek and whether or not fans will stick with the show.

Do you think Grey’s should have just ended rather than kill off Derek? Will you keep watching? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter using #gla

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