The sight of the late Dr Shepherd in the long-running hit TV show not only sent viewers into a frenzy but also caught them off guard as his widow Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, struggled to reconnect with him in a dreamy flashback. Derek died back in 2015, during the 11th season of the show.
Thursday nights's Season 17 premiere of Grey's Anatomy included some insane twists and turns including the return of a fan favorite character.
Pompeo said, "Seventeen seasons".
"I had this imagining of a beach motif throughout the season, & I called Ellen, & I said, what if we bring back, I don't know, some dead character that you could dream of on the beach, that would be so fun for the fans", recounted Grey's Anatomy showrunner Vernoff.
The episode revolved around Meredith Grey working so much during the COVID-19 outbreak that she collapsed and was found unconscious by McWidow (Richard Flood) at the parking lot of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. And Derek's return provided pure joy for us, for Meredith, and for the fans.
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Find out more below Exclusive question and answer of the deadline With Vernoff, Pompeo and Dempsey, in which they share the story behind the big earnings and answer the burning questions from the premiere. No UK date for season 17 has been announced. But our effort is nothing compared to the jobs of our leading health workers who are dedicated this season.
Likewise, Dempsey told the outlet that he's down to continue to appear on the show. We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks and protect each other. His "It's a handsome day to save lives" has since become a part of pop-culture.
'It really was so open too; that was the thing, really - people were very, I think, vulnerable in a positive way, where we were all grateful to be there and to be together'.
Vernoff's statement further read, "Season 17 has been a Herculean effort by our cast, our crew, our writers and our partners at Disney and ABC - and we are proud of it!" And we were so happy just to be able to film these scenes and know how much joy it was gonna bring people. Then, as Link and Derek's sister Amelia are taking their newborn baby boy home, Link announces their son's name, Scout Derek Shepherd Lincoln. The star added about the filming experience, "The whole process, I have to say, from getting tested before even showing up to the set, the whole process in which we shot, I felt safe the whole time".