Honderdduizenden harten werden gebroken, toen dokter Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd het loodje legde in Grey's Anatomy en Meredith Grey haar allergrootste liefde verloor. Nu, jaaaaaaaren later, komt scriptschrijver Shonda Rhimes met de uitleg (die ze ons *overduidelijk* verschuldigd is). Het is simpel: wilde de liefde tussen Grey en Shepherd echt blijven, dan moest Shepherd dood.
Vonden wij ook ingewikkeld klinken, maar Rhimes legt het in een interview met Us Magazine uit. Acteur Patrick Dempsey z'n contract om McDreamy te spelen liep nog maar één jaar, dus Rhimes had geen keus.
'What were the options? Either Der was going to walk out on Mer and leave her high and dry, and what was that going to mean? That would suggest the love wasn't true, the thing we had said for 11 years was a lie and McDreamy wasn't McDreamy. For me, that was untenable.'
Kortom: McDreamy moest de show uit geschreven worden, zonder dat-ie Meredith zou verlaten.
'Meredith and Derek's love had to remain Meredith and Derek's love. As painful as it was for me as a storyteller, because I had never really thought that was going to happen, it preserved what felt true to me, was that Derek was going to have to die in order for that love to remain honest. Because I really couldn't have the idea that he just turned out to be a bad guy who walked out on his wife and kids be a true story. To me, it felt like that was the only way to make Meredith and Derek's magic remain true and forever frozen in time.'