After the devastating death of [SPOILER] on the April 23 episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ fans are overcome with emotions. In the midst of their tears, fans are taking out their grief on co-creator Shonda Rhimes.
Shonda Rhimes, 45, has some explaining to do. After the sudden and shocking death of one of Grey’s Anatomy’s most beloved characters on the April 23 episode, fans started lashing out at Shonda via Twitter. From disbelief to intense anger, Shonda has been the recipient of major fan backlash after [SPOILER]’s death.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fan Reaction Over Derek’s Death: Angry With Shonda Rhimes
Nope, you’re not dreaming. Derek Shepherd is dead. Needless to say, fans were destroyed by the realization that McDreamy is gone for good. Aside from their initial shocking tweets, fans are taking aim at Shonda. Here’s what they’re saying.
— Gabryella (@Gabryella_Mende) April 24, 2015
I don’t know how much longer I can be in this Love/Hate, Kinda/Cruel relationship with @shondarhimes. I AM STILL EMOTIONAL FROM LAST NIGHT!
— फिडेल (@AllAboutLucas_) April 24, 2015
— Morgan Walker (@lifewithmorg) April 24, 2015
Shonda rhimes is the reason I have trust issues
— Osama Vern Laden (@DopeChubbyChick) April 24, 2015
Shonda Rhimes will break your heart more than any boy ever could
— Ashley Raynor (@araynor11) April 24, 2015
@shondarhimes has officially entered George RR Martin territory for killing off characters. And I love it.
— Sara Ling (@saraling) April 24, 2015
SHONDA RHIMES DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO SIMPLY LET PEOPLE SAY GOODBYE & LEAVE!
— Jessica (@yes_tojess) April 24, 2015
Raise ur hand if u hate Shonda Rhimes 🙋🏿
— grace (@grace_wolfe17) April 24, 2015
@shondarhimes HOW YOU DARE??? REALLY, I CAN’T ACCEPT THIS, YOU JUST WRECKED THE SHOW
— g (@pietersers) April 24, 2015
— Rita (@Sassmirez) April 24, 2015
Guess we can expect a spike in the number of Shonda Rhimes Victim Support groups now.
— Kevin C. Motl (@TwainIAint) April 24, 2015
The anger is understandable. Over the course of 11 seasons, fans have lost many of their favorites — George, Lexie, Mark, Denny, and now Derek. Shonda has helmed this show from the beginning, and fans have constantly put their faith in their hands. For our news editor, Lauren Cox, Derek’s death was her breaking point.
Fans may be furious with Shonda right now, but this is just a TV show. Despite wanting these characters to be real, they’re not.
After the door closed on Derek Shepherd for good, Patrick broke his silence regarding his exit.
“It’s been a remarkable ride,” he told our sister site, TVLine. “The worldwide impact has been extraordinary. It is incredible how devoted and passionate the fans are, and I will forever be grateful and humbled by the experience.
HollywoodLifers, how did you react to Derek’s shocking death? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson