Like Gray’s Anatomy and Ellen Pompeo [Spoiler] We have now teamed as much as ship this ‘fan sweet’ within the season premiere
The following contains a major spoiler from the season 17 premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.
As ABC Promo Guy told us late Thursday night (and in the video above), no, Grey’s Anatomy fans, you are not McDreaming. It was very similar to Patrick Dempsey in the final sequence of the two-hour premiere of season 17.
As mentioned in TVLine’s detailed recap of the premiere, Meredith (played by Ellen Pompeo) was found collapsed in the hospital parking lot amid the stress and grueling hours of the pandemic. When colleagues rushed to her, we saw Meredith, dressed in white, on the bare beach where she was in the cold outdoors. And then a second character appeared on the bank – that of her late husband, Derek, played by Dempsey.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff explained to our sister site Deadline: “From a writer’s point of view … it was my job to find a way – once we found out we were going to make the pandemic – to bring joy too, and escape and fan candy and all the things we give people at Grey’s Anatomy…. So one day I was walking on the beach and asked myself, ‘What if there is a Meredith dream motif?’ ”
Vernoff carried out the idea of Pompeo and asked what amiable character she would like to see Mer – and Pompeo suggested no less than Derek. Pompeo, in turn, accused Dempsey of being very receptive to the idea of bringing joy in these uncertain times because of his foundation that helps cancer patients.
“There’s just so much darkness and we knew that coming together would be a little ray of light,” Pompeo told Deadline. “[W]In essence, we had the same idea of helping people and putting a smile on people’s faces. In order to, [Patrick] I loved the idea and we were just so excited and we had a ball filming it. “
Dempsey said, “I kept track of what Grey’s did to giving masks and made sure people had the right equipment, and it came from this place [of] “OK, what can we do to make people feel better and provide some comfort during this time of uncertainty? And that’s how it started. And it was really a wonderful experience to go back. “
Read Vernoff’s official statement on the surprise addition, which will continue next week. below:
“The most important task we had this season was to appreciate the reality of this global pandemic and its impact – especially on healthcare workers. At the same time, we had to find creative ways so that our show is still fun, romantic and offers a bit of escape. Enter Patrick Dempsey. The beach motif – which will be continued beyond the premiere – gave us the opportunity to live outside the pandemic for a short time here and there. And Derek’s return brought us, Meredith and the fans pure joy. Season 17 has been a Herculean effort by our cast, crew, writers, and partners at Disney and ABC – and we’re proud of it. But our efforts are nothing compared to the work our frontline healthcare workers are dedicated to this season. We hope our show inspires you to wear your masks to protect them and each other. As Derek Shepherd would say, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives.”