In Thursday’s episode, titled “How to Save a Life” and written by Rhimes herself, Derek witnesses a car accident and then becomes the hero when he manages to save the four passengers’ lives.
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However, things quickly turn bad as he is hit by a tractor-trailer. Shepherd is taken to a hospital for treatment, but because the doctors refused to get a head CT, they did not realize the extent of his head injury and the neurological surgeon wasn’t able to make it in time to save his life. The police arrive at Meredith’s home in Seattle and tell her that there has been an accident. She goes to the hospital and the doctors tell her that Derek is brain dead and then give her the papers to terminate life support. Meredith then sits with Derek while the nurse turns off the machines.
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Fans were instantly heartbroken and furious with Rhimes for killing off “McDreamy.” Many took to social media to lash out at the show’s creator. Now, according to LA Times, Shonda is finally weighing in on the decision to have Dempsey exit the show that he had been a part of for 11 long years.
“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy.’ Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example — happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true — of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ family are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”
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Shortly after Shonda spoke about Patrick’s departure, ABC released a statement as well.
“After 11 seasons on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests. Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of ‘McDreamy’ and the ‘Mer/Der’ love story. The devotion of Grey’s fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. ‘McDreamy’ will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors.”
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