While Grey’s Anatomy continues on with its winter hiatus, Patrick Dempsey has been busy talking to the press about season 17 and his role in it.
Remember when Patrick surprised everyone by reemerging in the season 17 premiere during Meredith (Ellen Pompeo)’s dream as she battled a severe case of COVID-19? Of course, this was a huge deal for Grey’s fans, especially considering that Patrick’s character, Derek, died back in season 11.
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Talking to ET Canada, he reflected on his shocking return in the premiere episode, saying everyone was “nervous” about someone spoiling the big surprise while filming the dream scene. Luckily though, the cast and crew were able to keep the secret. “It was really nice to see everybody,” Patrick said in the video. “The intention was right, we really wanted to bring awareness to get people to wear masks to follow the science and with that energy that sort of brought us into production in a really positive way.”
However, when asked about the show beyond season 17, Patrick gave a pretty vague answer: “It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months.” Some who saw the clip of the interview on YouTube took Patrick’s cryptic response as a warning that season 17 might be the end of the show. “He knows something… and I have a feeling it’s bad news,” one fan wrote while others “liked” the comment. “NOOOOO!! is this really gonna be the last seasoooon,” another asked. “I think there’s going to be a season 18 but it does feel like the last season,” someone else responded.
At the moment, we don’t know for sure if season 18 is confirmed. In an interview with Variety last fall, Ellen Pompeo made it seem like the 16-year-long show could be coming to a close soon-ish. “We don’t know when the show is really ending yet,” she said. “But the truth is, this year could be it.”