Patrick Dempsey is happy with his Grey’s Anatomy emotional return of the character and heavenly wedding. The actor recently opened up about the long-awaited nuptials and reflected on how his unexpected return came to fruition.
“I thought it was a beautiful way to close it,” Dempsey said recently in an interview with Variety.
During this ongoing 17th season of Grey’s AnatomyDempsey’s character Derek Shepherd, who died in season 11, six years ago, returned as a pseudo angel in Meredith Gray’s (Ellen Pompeo) coma dream, while battling COVID-19.
On Thursday, Derek and Meredith finally tied the knot in their idyllic beachside dream scenery, giving fans a moment they never thought they would see.
“The intention was really to give people some hope because they are such an iconic couple,” Dempsey shared. “We have lost so many people this year, the idea that we would have angels hovering around us taking care of us is a good message to send in such a bleak world we live in.”
The actor said it was “a beautiful ending” to his story and to his character’s romance with Gray.
“I’m so thankful that I did it and happy that the fans really loved it,” Dempsey said.
When asked if this was really the last time fans would see Derek on screen, or if another dream sequence might reappear in the future, Dempsey said, “Who knows?”
“Never say never never with this program, right?” added. “I’m glad I did it this year.”
According to Dempsey, filming what was seen was really emotional for him and Pompeo, remembering: “We all cried at first and hugged.”
Ultimately, he explained that the whole motive for Derek’s return, and Pompeo’s long coma sleep, was to encourage people to be safe during the pandemic.
“It was really for us to get the message to wear a mask, take care of yourself,” he said. “Ellen and I thought, ‘What can we do together to make an impact here?’ That was in the spring around this time last year. It was just a positive action that splits into a more positive action. “
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