….If you’ve somehow been living under a rock and haven’t seen Grey’s Anatomy yet, here’s my fair warning: There will be spoilers below.
My husband likes to joke that every other episode is advertised as, “The one where EVERYTHING changes,” (said in the most dramatic voice possible. I usually laugh it off, because what else do you expect from a prime-time soap opera? But this one was seriously, “The one where EVERYTHING changes.”
I just have to get a few things off my chest, because I’ve been a loyal fan for the past 11 years, and this past episode just did a number on me. I’m mad, sad, and frustrated, and I know I’m not the only one. So can we talk about last Thursday night, because…seriously??
First of all, it’s so freaking cliche how he died. I know most of us thought it would’ve been in the first half hour during the actual crash, but the second he got back into his car, I could tell what was coming. But a car crash? Really? Out of all the ridiculously crazy story lines and plots that they’ve come up with, they used a car crash on him? I really wish they at least stepped it up a notch. And then for him to actually die from his own specialty as a surgeon, AND for us to hear his thoughts. Just…no.
And really, really? There was no cell phone reception at all until the moment he got in his car? Come on now, Shondra could’ve done better than that.
What really breaks my heart is that we’ve spent 11 years with these people—my people—and yet, during Derek’s final episode we have NEW people surrounding him? Uh uh. Nope. Not cool. Meredith could’ve easily (well, maybe not easily) transferred him to Seattle Grace once she realized that he wasn’t going to make it so everyone could say bye. They dragged McSteamy’s death into at least two episodes, but for McDreamy—someone who’s been on the show since day one—they kill him off in less than 15 minutes. Shondra, I’m shaking my finger at you. He deserved better. We deserved better. Sure, there’s going to be a two-hour sob fest next week, but we deserved more in that last episode. Instead, it felt extremely cold and disconnected.
Also, after thinking about it, why did they have to kill him off? Haven’t we had enough main characters die on this show? They shipped Christina off to another country, so why couldn’t they have done that with him? Not that I liked the storyline of Derek cheating on Mer at all, but I would’ve rather he just decided to live in Washington D.C. and they do a long distance relationship. But to kill him off? Again, it felt like the easy and lazy way out.
Speaking of Christina, she sure as heck better be there next week. Meredith needs her person.
Those are pretty much all of my jumbled thoughts from what happened. I know a lot of fans are swearing that they won’t watch another episode now that he’s gone, and while I won’t be that dramatic, I do know that the show will go downhill from here. Derek Shepherd’s been a staple (as well as the best eye candy) since day one. I’m not a huge fan of all the new characters, so I can’t see how Grey’s will rebound from this. I’ll still watch, of course, but I see Grey’s ending next year. Le sigh.
One more thing…SERIOUSLY?????