by ALEENA BEIG
You will see him in your McDreams.
On Thursday night’s “Grey’s Anatomy’s,” Dr. Derek Shepherd, the hunky character played by Patrick Dempsey, died.
He wasn’t shot down over the Sea of Japan, nor did a helicopter fall on his head.
Instead, he died following a car crash after helping victims of another accident. Derek met a gruesome end when he pulled over to help some people in a car crash. Soon after he saved them and helped put one girl’s organs back into her stomach, because it’s not “Grey’s Anatomy” without at least one horrifying, scarring image. He then got back into his car, where he was promptly smashed by an oncoming truck. He was shipped to a super-incompetent hospital, where doctors argued about how to best save him, “I’m going to die because these people aren’t properly trained,” said Derek’s inner monologue. But it was too late, and he essentially died on the operating table.
“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character for Meredith (Grey), for me, and for the fans,” show creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement. “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 meaningfu,l happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.”
Intriguingly, Dempsey still has a year left on his contract. His character’s death leaves his TV wife, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), as the show’s mainstay, as it concludes its 11th season in May.
“It has been a remarkable ride,” Dempsey said. The worldwide impact has been extraordinary. It is incredible how devoted and passionate the fans are, and I will forever be grateful and humbled by the experience.”