Fans of Grey’s Anatomy who watched last night’s episode, the one in which the beloved Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) was killed off, are now wondering how the show will move on after that. After eleven seasons as one of the main stars, losing Shepherd from Grey’s Anatomy will be a big hit to the show. As many say that the character was the one who fans could relate to the most, the show will definitely not be the same without him. Though Grey’s Anatomy has seen many people come and go, throughout it’s ten year history, the hit that the show will take now will most likely be more significant, than it was with any other character.
The New York Post’s Lindsay Putnam wrote that many feel like Grey’s Anatomy is not worth watching anymore. As the show has been steadily losing viewers since its introduction, it is sure to lose more now that Patrick Dempsey’s eye-candy character is no longer in the show. Especially since the loss of viewership most likely stems from the fact that Shonda Rhimes, creator of the show, keeps killing off the characters.
Over the years many of the original Grey’s Anatomy cast members were written off the show, often due to problems the actors and actresses of the characters had. The show started with Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington), Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), with Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) as a resident and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) as Chief of Surgery. Over the years viewers of Grey’s Anatomy have seen many characters taken out of the show, in one way or another, including Preston Burke, George O’Malley, Izzie Stevens, Kate Walsh (whose character “moved” and then starred in the spinoff Private Practice), Erica Hahn, Teddy Altman and her TV husband Henry, Lexie Grey, Mark Sloan, Leah Murphy, Cristina Yang…and many more, now including Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd.
It seems apparent that Shonda Rhimes is not afraid to take action when it comes to any of her shows, though Grey’s Anatomy seems to be the show that loses the most amount of main characters (Mostly because it has ran for eleven seasons). Though fans often hate the choice of characters who are lost, sometimes the cuts have made the show better, but often times it has made it worse. As Grey’s Anatomy is a show that hosts so many main characters, being that they are all doctors who focus on different specialties and play off of each other, losing a few characters would be hard for viewers. Though with the amount of cuts that have been made to Grey’s Anatomy over the years, the losses are taken as tragedies to many fans, especially after the kill off of Dempsey’s character.
The hard part for viewers of Grey’s Anatomy is that bad things just seem to keep happening to these characters, in their story line. Though the show is a drama and quite a few negative scenes are expected, with bombings, air plane crashes, bus accidents, car accidents, shootings, etc., it just feels like there is a cloud of bad Karma effecting all of the Grey’s Anatomy characters. Every time things are going good for one or more of the characters, suddenly things are soon going bad. For instance, “McDreamy” and Meredith had a house, an adopted kid, a kid of their own, and funding for research projects. When Derek Shepherd got the chance to work remotely for the President of the U.S. on his research project, he wanted to move to Washington D.C. Because Meredith did not want to move, Derek soon went missing in action, for a while. Now it seems Derek and Meredith’s past troubles will now only be Meredith’s struggle with Derek’s death, especially as her character was the one who had to pull the plug.
But where will Grey’s Anatomy go from here, after the leave of Dempsey’s character? It has been announced that Grey’s Anatomy will have a two hour show next week, in which the characters will probably be making tribute to Derek in some way. As the story line of the show must now follow Meredith losing her “McDreamy,” it is likely that she was struggle in the next three episodes, before Grey’s Anatomy concludes the eleventh season on May 14. Fans are unsure where the show’s story line will go for the season twelve.
Patrick Dempsey has been talking about leaving Grey’s Anatomy for a long time. Wanting to explore other options, Dempsey and Rhimes made a mutual agreement to let the Grey’s Anatomy character, Derek Shepherd, go. Though fans of Grey’s Anatomy are now devastated, it seems that Derek’s parting was just necessary. As Grey’s Anatomy continues next week, viewers will maybe get a glimpse of the angle that the show will be taking next.
Opinion by Crystal Boulware