Nothing about Grey’s Anatomy season 11, episode 20 looks good for Derek Shepherd. But is death really the route the show will take?
Derek does not make it to D.C., but does that mean McDreamy’s days on Grey’s Anatomy are numbered? Well, yes and no. Will he die this season? Probably not.
Grey’s Anatomy holds back nothing when it comes to killing off your favorite characters. Just look at all the pain we’ve suffered at the hands of the showrunners! But luckily, in a way, Derek Shepherd’s real life counterpart Patrick Dempsey still has another season written into a contract with his signature at the bottom. It does not seem likely that ABC will be pushing Grey’s Anatomy anywhere before the close of season 12, especially when all the members of the old guard are contracted through another season.
But, hold on! Derek was absent for a good majority of this season. What is stopping Grey’s Anatomy from pushing his storyline out of mind out of sight once more?
When it was announced that Derek Shepherd would be taking the position in Washington D.C. and that neither Meredith nor the show would be following him, the prognosis seemed grim. The show took those few weeks and proved not only that Meredith could survive without him, but that Grey’s Anatomy has plenty of stories to tell in the ORs without ferry boat scrub caps.
Derek’s request as he left his doorstep in the opening of last week’s episode, “Don’t move, wait for me” set off alarms. The fears were confirmed when he did not arrive in Washington, D.C. later that afternoon. While this week’s episode does not promise any answers, it is more likely than not that Derek will find himself roped into an emergency situation before he can make it to the airport.
Patrick Dempsey is looking for his Sandra Oh send off in the near future, but does this season hold any more clues to where he could possibly wind up come the season 11 finale? This week’s episode, “One Flight Down,” refers to a small plane crash that sends quite a few people into the ER, but no news on Derek Shepherd.
What we know for certain is that Patrick Dempsey took a visit to Seattle to film one of Derek Shepherd’s favorite pastimes — riding the ferry boat.
Our bets are on Derek Shepherd surviving season 11 and making his exit sometime in season 12 with proper pomp and circumstance and plenty of tears. Regardless of Shepherd’s fate this season, it is likely that fans of the dreamy doctor who found himself on the floor of Ellis Grey’s home way back in season 1 will begin their goodbyes. After 11 seasons, Dempsey is ready retire from the world of Grey’s Anatomy and hit the track to pursue his other passion, racing.
Where do you hope the show leaves Derek at the end of season 11?
If you are a diehard viewer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and have been for many years, you most likely know one thing already: Show creator Shonda Rhimes has a penchant for making enormous finales that have a tendency to leave people talking for weeks or even months. “Flight” remains to us particularly devastating given that we lost Lexie. Meanwhile, last season brought the end of Sandra Oh as a series regular. While that may not have been as emotionally devastating (we were prepared for it), it was still a tremendous night of nostalgia and a great chance to see how much the series has evolved.
It is far too early to go into specifics on what Rhimes and her team have planned for the new season, but on the service it definitely appears like it could be explosive. Per a report now from TVLine, the finale is going to be split up into two separate episodes, and will also introduce a number of new characters that could recur. What does this mean? On the surface, it feels like we could see another shake-up at the Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. This is the sort of environment were new faces do routinely show up and others leave, but we should note that we haven’t heard anything about notable exits this year.
At the moment, “Grey’s Anatomy” does feel like a relative lock to return for another season and for good reason. It continues to do well despite a few dips in its new timeslot, and there is no reason to sweat out any more contract negotiations with Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey. They’ve already signed on for one more year.