I had the luck to be on a plane like week and did not get to experience of the hysteria over Derek Shepherd’s death live. I did land to 25 missed text messages from friends freaking out, however, claiming that they were done with Grey’s and that it will never be the same. (In my opinion, people should have been done with Grey’s around two seasons ago, but that’s just me). By the time I watched the episode the next day my Facebook and Twitter was full of nothing of upset fans. I can barely call myself a fan anymore, but at first thought I wasn’t upset. Like Dempsey, I’d be desperate to get out of the show, too. But now after watching his swan song, I am upset. But not for obvious reasons.
First things first: I’ve never found McDreamy to be that dreamy. I’ve always been more of a McSteamy girl. I was never really that devoted to the Derek/Meredith romance. I accepted that their relaysh was a main component of the show, but I was never a diehard fan. That all being said…what kind of send-off episode was that? The first half had nothing to do with the second half. I get that that they wanted to show Derek’s character and how good of a person and doctor he was. But then because he went to unknown hospital, the episode consisted of characters that we don’t know and don’t care about. I expected an episode of at least George/Izzie power in terms of emotionality (Lexie is still number one in my heart).
And maybe that’s what the 2-hour episode is going to be tonight: A kind of mash-up flashback episode where the characters get to say their goodbyes to Derek properly. In my opinion, they could have cut the first half of the episode and used the second half to give him a proper goodbye. Meredith’s little scene wasn’t enough for me. Maybe that’s why this death isn’t sitting right with me. It didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t seem real. I’m expected him to show up in this next episode with a whole, “It’s a beautiful night to save lives…I’m back bitches!” speech. If they were going to kill him, he should have died back with the hospital shooter episode—that at least would been a good death with substance.
I’m not sure what I’ve hoping for. I guess closure, just closure. A nice remembrance of who McDreamy was before Shonda screws up again. It’s also amazing how many actors on Grey’s have had reportedly “diva-ish” behavior. Maybe it says something more about the way things are run behind the scenes and not the actors themselves. Maybe if they weren’t recycling storylines and keeping actors locked in a show (that again should have been taken off the air years ago) the characters could have been given proper goodbyes and a proper ending that didn’t result in a tragic death. Please, oh please, ABC gods, do not renew this show again. I don’t think fans could handle another death and I think we know more will come as long it lives.
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