Shonda Rhimes: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Need To Get Over McDreamy’s Death

Both Shonda Rhimes and Ellen Pompeo have a message for Grey’s Anatomy fans: It’s time to get over McDreamy’s death. At a roundtable discussion for Entertainment Weekly, Shonda Rhimes sat down with the leading ladies from her three series to put the topic of McDreamy to rest, once and for all.

Over 10,000 fans signed a petition to bring Patrick Dempsey back, which is never going to happen, and Shonda Rhimes wants to remind fans that no matter how much Meredith loved Derek, he was not “the sun.”

“When Cristina said that, Meredith realized that she had been taking a back seat to allow this man to get what he wanted,” Rhimes told EW. “In an effort not to become her mother, she had tried too hard to become something less. What I loved about season 11 was her saying, That’s not who I am. It was so interesting for me to discover that audiences, especially women, are so conditioned to believe that there’s a singular fairy tale that nobody stops to think that that might not be the definition of happiness. Meredith knew that already. We got to the point in the season when Meredith said, ‘I can live without you, but I don’t want to,’ which for any woman is a very powerful statement. It means: You compliment me, but you don’t complete me.”

But does that mean that Rhimes is hinting at the return of Dr. Cristina Yang? As the Inquisitr reported, there are signs that Sandra Oh might return to Grey’s Anatomy. After all, she is Meredith’s person. There is no time that Meredith has ever needed Cristina more, even if she just returns for a short time.

Ellen Pompeo also thinks Grey’s Anatomy will be fine now that McDreamy is dead, and she is a bit irked, according to EW, that people think Meredith can’t survive without a man.

“All of a sudden, ­Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, Oh my God, ­Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on ­without the man!”

But people more likely believe that Meredith must have an exit, as Ellen Pompeo’s contract ends this year, according to the Inquisitr.

Time will tell, but as of this post, Ellen Pompeo still has not renewed her contract.

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