“Gray’s Anatomy” followers can rejoice: Dr. Derek Shepherd is returning a couple of extra instances, based on showrunner Krista Vernoff.
On Thursday evening, the Season 17 premiere of the long-running medical drama introduced on a rollercoaster of feelings for viewers with one among its most jaw-dropping plot twists ever: the return of Dr. Shepherd, identified to viewers as “McDreamy.”
Now, per Vernoff, that wasn’t a one-off.
“We are going to see extra of [Derek] this season,” Vernoff advised the Los Angeles Instances in an interview printed on Friday. “This was not only a cameo. He’ll seem three extra instances.”
It’s unclear when within the season Dr. Shepherd will seem once more. Nonetheless, it is a character resurgence followers of the sequence by no means noticed coming. Shepherd, who was married to Ellen Pompeo‘s Dr. Meredith Gray, died in a 2015 episode.
The two-hour premiere confirmed the medical doctors at Gray Sloan Memorial battling a beast they’ve by no means taken on earlier than within the emergency room — the coronavirus pandemic — and Pompeo’s character was overcome with heartbreak as she witnessed a number of of her sufferers die alone, away from family members, on account of COVID-19 issues.
The episode took an much more devastating flip when Gray herself was discovered by a co-worker handed out within the hospital’s parking zone. The following factor viewers noticed was Pompeo’s character strolling down a seaside and locking eyes along with her late husband.
Of holding Dempsey’s return to the sequence beneath wraps, Vernoff famous “what went into it was fairly epic when it comes to holding the key.”
“We did not inform the writers for the longest time. When she’s strolling and she or he appears as somebody is asking to her, and she or he goes, ‘Derek?’ Within the script, I had it as Ellis Gray,” Vernoff advised the Instances. “And he or she goes, ‘Mother?’ We learn it on the desk that manner. No one knew what we had been doing — to the purpose that when the crew confirmed up on the day we shot the scene, no one knew. It was prime secret.”
Fox Information’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report