- Grey's Anatomy -All The Behind-The-Scenes Details About Derek's Return On 'Grey's Anatomy'
As if it weren't emotionally taxing enough to watch a two-hour season premiere focused almost entirely on COVID, Grey's Anatomy hit us smack dab with an unexpected whopper: the McReturn of McDreamy himself, Derek Shepherd, a.k.a. Patrick Dempsey, a.k.a. the actor we were sure would never return after all of this. As those who watched the Season 17 premiere Thursday know, struggling with the surge of pandemic-related deaths, Meredith Grey collapsed on the beach, leading to a dream sequence featuring her five-years-gone husband. Though the moment certainly seems to be fan bait, there was a lot more that went into the decision to bring back Dempsey. And the behind-the-scenes details about Derek's return are fascinating.
Initially, Vernoff told The Los Angeles Times, she didn't even want this season of Grey's to focus on the pandemic. On the first day, she said she spoke to the writer's room and said: