For everyone out there wondering how much of Patrick Dempsey we’d be getting on Grey’s Anatomy season 17, we now have an official answer.
Speaking in a new interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dempsey confirmed that you will be seeing his character Derek throughout the upcoming season. This won’t just be a one-time appearance on Thursday night. We know that showrunner Krista Vernoff echoed something similar recently, making it clear that there are a few more appearances from Patrick coming up; we just didn’t know if they were going to be all at once, or spread throughout the season.
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Is it incredible that we’re getting more of Dempsey down the road? Absolutely, and it’s almost still hard to believe that it’s happening. The actor left the show in a sudden, shocking way, and all signs pointed to it being a complicated departure. Yet, his return seems to be brought about thanks to Ellen Pompeo having a conversation with him, and the two collaborating with Vernoff and a small group of directors (in particular Debbie Allen and series regular Kevin McKidd) to make sure that the return stayed under wraps. In a way, that was the most remarkable part of the return — somehow, people did not figure out that it was happening until the episode aired.
Sure, we love to have a sense of what’s coming up on various shows in advance; yet, sometimes it’s really nice to have the element of surprise. That’s what we got here and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
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