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‘Grey’s Anatomy’: [SPOILER] Dies — Shonda Rhimes Explains How Show Will Go On

Thu, April 23, 2015 10:17pm EDT by Chris Rogers 30 Comments

We can’t even imagine a ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ without the character who died on the April 23 episode. But somehow, creator Shonda Rhimes sees a future at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital — one that may last for many seasons to come. Read her reaction to [SPOILER]’s death here!

We’re still trying to process what just happened on the April 23 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. We can’t believe [SPOILER] died. Immediately after the episode ended, show creator Shonda Rhimes discussed the loss of this “incredibly important character” and previewed what’s to come for those who are still alive. (And there aren’t many — people keep dropping like flies on this show.)

Shonda Rhimes On Patrick Dempsey’s Exit — How ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Will Go On

Shonda released a statement to‘s sister site TVLine, and while she didn’t give an explanation for Patrick Dempsey‘s exit, she did discuss the loss of Derek and teased what’s ahead for Meredith:

“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character — for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy.’ Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example — happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true — of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all. Now, Meredith and the entire Grey’s Anatomyfamily are about to enter uncharted territory as we head into this new chapter of her life. The possibilities for what may come are endless. As Ellis Grey would say: the carousel never stops turning.”

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Derek’s Death Has Completely Ruined The Show

In case you didn’t watch the episode yet, Derek died in a terrible car accident. He was left in a vegetative state and Meredith was left no choice but to pull the plug on the machine keeping him alive. (Insert sad face emoji here.) Fans were left reeling over Derek’s demise.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Fans Lashing Out At Shonda Rhimes Over Shocking Death

ABC also released their own statement to TVLine, saying:

“After 11 seasons on Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey is moving on to pursue other interests. Dr. Derek Shepherd is an iconic character and we’ve been proud to be the home of ‘McDreamy’ and the ‘Mer/Der’ love story. The devotion of Grey’s fans throughout the years has been a testament to the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes and Dempsey’s talent. ‘McDreamy’ will be greatly missed and we wish Patrick the very best in his future endeavors.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you still watch Grey’s Anatomy without Derek? Vote in our poll and tell us how you feel!

— Chris Rogers