Derek And Meredith
ABC promised the Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 premiere would leave everyone’s jaw on the floor. But honestly, we still weren’t prepared.
At the end of the extended episode, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) returned over five years after Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) said her final farewell.
Just when viewers were able to process what was going on, the moment was cut short by the end credits. Luckily, the new Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 trailer has more shots of Meredith and Derek’s reunion — and yes, it’ll make you emotional.
ABC’s promo for the Season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy teased a “shocking, jaw-dropping ending.” That was an understatement.
In one of the series’ biggest twists ever, a beloved character, Patrick Dempsey’s Dereek Shepherd, whose tragic death in an April 2015 episode left fans heartbroken, came back. Appropriately, the late McDreamy appeared in a dream sequence, joining Ellen Pompeo’s Meredith Grey on a beach seconds after Meredith collapsed in the parking lot of Grey Sloan Memorial.
The sweet Meredith-Derek reunion was the joyous coda to an emotional two-hour season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy’s 17th season, dedicated to frontline healthcare workers, which marked the conclusion of a Station 19 crossover. It was marked by tragedy, as Meredith struggled to cope with the mounting COVID deaths at the hospital; anger, as medical personnel were left to fight the disease without enough PPE; hope, as the teenage girl whom DeLuca had unsuccessfully tried to save from human trafficking was reunited with her family; heartbreak, as Owen refused to reconcile with Teddy despite her pleas for forgiveness; and happiness, as Link and Derek’s sister Amelia took their newborn baby boy home. In fact, just minutes after Link announced their son’s name, Scout Derek Shepherd Lincoln, Derek made his appearance. While not necessarily designed as a clue, “it all came together quite beautifully,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff and star Pompeo said.
Derek And Meredith Will Be Fans Emotional