‘Grey’s Anatomy’ fans are still reeling over the death of Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd…and they’re taking a stand! Thousands have already signed a Change.org petition to bring back the beloved character — and that number is quickly growing.
Fans who have invested ten years in Grey’s Anatomy are still devastated over the show’s shocking April 23 episode, in which Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, was killed off after a tragic car accident. In fact, in just four days, more than 50,000 fans have already signed a Change.org petition begging show creator Shonda Rhimes to get McDreamy back on the show!
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Petition: Fans’ Desperate To Get Patrick Dempsey Back
“This is important because you cannot have people invest a DECADE into a character and then you just terminate them like that!” the petition’s creator, Courtney Williams, writes. “You have people out here donating blood and organs trying to save lives, wanting to become doctors and all from committing to this television show..just to let us down like this. You’ve destroyed us. COMPLETELY!”
What seems to have angered fans the most, though, is not even just the fact that Derek is dead, but the way he went out. After surviving a car wreck and helping to save several other victims, Derek was killed because he got back into his car, got distracted by a buzzing cell phone, and was rammed by a tractor trailer.
“The WAY you chose to build up the anticipation and kill him off?!?! CRUELTY!” Courtney adds. “You do not have us hating him, to show up that he is the good guy that we have always believed him to be, then have him say he’s coming home to his family, wanting to add more to the family, then he leaves and saves the day! You bring back his infamous words, ‘it’s a beautiful day to save lives,’ have him wrap up a girls intestines in dry cleaning wrap then kill him off like that!”
Her rant goes on from there (“It’s like you’ve killed the President of Grey’s Anatomy!”), and fans are quickly taking notice. As of the evening of April 27, the petition had already garnered more than 50,000 supporters!
Are you listening, Shonda?!?!?!!
Unfortunately for the show’s die-hard fans, it truly doesn’t look like there’s a chance Derek could come back. There was even a memorial video for Derek, set to the emotional tune “How To Safe A Life.” Yep, we’re still sobbing over it.
“I have always said what keeps me going are the fans. I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible,” Ellen Pompeo, 45, who played Patrick’s love interest on the show, tweeted. “I hope you will all join me on her journey.”
Meanwhile, Patrick shot down rumors that a rift between he and Shonda is what caused his exit. When asked by EW if he’s on good terms with the cast, he responded, “I think so, yes,” and even more specifically, of Shonda, he replied, “Yes,” once again.
It’s going to take a while to get over this one, that’s for sure!
HollywoodLifers, are you signing the petition to bring Derek back? Have you processed the news of his death yet?
— Alyssa Norwin