Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday night’s “How to Say Goodbye” episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Some of us kind of new it was coming thanks to the promos; some of us were in complete shock. But when Grey’s Anatomy rolled on Thursday night, there were plenty of tears either way. Because in the episode we had to say goodbye to yet another original cast member, and it was super hard.
Even though we’ve had to say a lot of hard goodbyes over the years (T.R. Knight’s George, Chyler Leigh’s Lexie), Thursday night was especially tough, because most of us never actually thought we’d have to say goodbye to McDreamy.
Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was one of the original reasons we fell in love with this show. They were our gateway to the Seattle Grace and all of its steamy on-call room action. Our couple that didn’t have to be perfect; they were just fine being “dark and twisty” thank you very much.
Sure, 11 years is a long time to stick with a series, but even for those of us who liked to check back in occasionally it was something of a comfort to know that MerDer and their Post-It note wedding vows were living happily in their dream house with their two cute-as-heck kids.
On Thursday night that all changed. When Derek was heading to the airport in order to resign at the White House (yeah, he was that good of a surgeon that he worked for the president), he stopped to help people in a horrific accident on a portion of the road that had no cell phone reception. The entire time, we were concerned he was going to somehow get hit by a car or be blown up by an exploding gas tank.
Instead, he saved four people’s lives — including that bratty Braverman daughter from Parenthood, who guest-starred in the episode.
The ambulance showed up and everyone was okay, including Derek. And just when we were starting to exhale, the doc pulled right into the middle of the road and stopped to check his cell phone. WHY?
The rest of the episode was downhill from there, and whatever makeup we had on was running down our faces.
— (@FavCharacters) April 24, 2015
WHY didn’t they just order that scan?
Damn right he should be sorry.
Was anyone REALLY fooled by that scene?
We can’t even imagine. We just can’t.
The music… Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” playing exactly the way it did when Izzie (Katherine Heigl) had to say goodbye to Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
And then, that was it. Derek was gone, Meredith is a single mom and Grey’s Anatomy is going to try and go back to life as normal. Or as normal as it can be without McDreamy.
That leaves four original cast members left: Pompeo, Chandra Wilson (Bailey), Justin Chambers (Alex), and James Pickens Jr. (Webber).
We wouldn’t blame them if they were sending show creator Shonda Rhimes flowers right about now.
So long Derek.
It’s a beautiful day to save lives.
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.