Sorry McDreamy lovers but it appears screenwriter Shonda Rhimes isn’t really much of a McDreamy fan after all.
Shonda Rhimes – the head and creator of great shows Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal – had just revealed that she have indeed killed of a major character in her series just because she didn’t like the actor!
In an interview that the 45-year-old show runner had with Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show last Wednesday, she confirmed what fans have long been speculating about.
“Have you ever killed off a character because you didn’t like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don’t even think about lying,” host Larry asked Shonda.
“Yes, and I’m not naming names,” Shonda blatantly answered.
And while Shonda still chose to leave the said actor’s name unknown, it doesn’t really take a genius to get this one figured out.
It may be true that Shonda has previously killed off good and hit character in all three of her TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday) or Shondaland series, there is only one character whose death was probably the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of all series.
And that’s none other than our beloved Dr. Derek Shepherd – or as we all prefer to call him, McDreamy – of Grey’s Anatomy.
McDreamy was played by actor Patrick Dempsey and he was one of the series’ main and original characters. He has been in the show for eleven straight seasons and has always been the viewers’ favourite.
So, when he suddenly – and very much emotionally for us – died out of a car accident in the series, there were immediately some rumours circulating around about the reason behind the drastic character death.
However, in another interview Shonda previously had in TCAs, the producer shared about the tough decision of killing off Patrick’s character, saying:
“We had a lot of discussions about it,”
“It wasn’t easy or fun, it is never easy or fun. We’ve been working really hard for a long time together. We’re family. Those choices and those decisions are never easy for any of us.”
There were other beloved and fan-favourite stars in Shonda’s series that have been killed off as well. Some of them were Mark Sloane (played by Erick Dane), Denny Duquette, (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), and Little Grey, aka, Lexie (Chyler Leigh).