Patrick Dempsey on shocking ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ comeback: ‘Lovely’

McDreamy is again!

The Season 17 premiere of “Grey’s Anatomy” noticed a shocking return from departed star Patrick Dempsey.

Dempsey, 54, starred as Dr. Derek Shepherd, a okay a “McDreamy,” for a decade on ABC’s long-running medical drama between 2005 and 2015, earlier than Shepherd tragically died in a automobile accident in Season 11.

But not so quick. In the Season 17 opener, his widow, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), is unconscious after harrowing COVID-19 shifts, and the viewers is taken to a dream sequence she’s having. Standing on a seashore in white, she sees none apart from her late love and exclaims, “Oh, my God!”

Dempsey told Deadline that he is been in contact together with his former co-stars and monitoring how the show has been donating masks and tools for real-life COVID aid efforts in the course of the pandemic.

“It got here from that place — ‘OK, what can we do to make folks really feel higher, to present some consolation on this time of uncertainty,’ and that is the way it started,” he stated about his large return. “And it was actually an exquisite expertise to return.”

Episode director Debbie Allen shared a behind-the-scenes shot of the masked-up stars Friday morning on Twitter.

Dempsey continued, “Seeing everyone once more was actually a really therapeutic course of, and actually rewarding, and loads of enjoyable. And hopefully, that feeling interprets, and the followers take pleasure in it. I do know that they have been wanting us to get again collectively, and I feel this may fulfill lots of people, and shock lots of people, hopefully. It was actually thrilling . . . it was nice to see everyone.”

Pompeo added that revisiting their chemistry collectively was “like driving a motorbike.”

“It’s loopy how a lot time has handed, however it actually was so comforting, and beautiful,” stated Dempsey.

According to showrunner Krista Vernoff, the motif of the seashore dream sequence that includes McDreamy will proceed past the premiere — so this is not the final of Dempsey’s large return to the show.

“Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo in the Season 17 premiere of "Grey's Anatomy."



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