‘This is Truly Happening’: Patrick Dempsey Returns to “Grey’s Anatomy”!

Yup, we can’t believe it either.

Patrick Dempsey, the actor who brought life to one of most loved characters of the American medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy,” Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, is coming back to the show!

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In a teaser posted on the show’s official Facebook page, Dempsey greeted Ellen Pompeo’s character Meredith Grey in a dream-like sequence located at the beach, five years since he was killed off in the show. “This is really, truly happening,” the Facebook post read.

Later, photos of the two actors’ sweet reunion were shared, melting the hearts of “Grey’s Anatomy” fans all around the world. Check them out below!

In an interview with Deadline, Pompeo and showrunner Krista Vernoff revealed how McDreamy’s shocking return for the series’ 17th season came about.

“There have been studies about how intense our dream life has been. In the pandemic, people are having really intense dreams because of the lockdown. We’re not getting enough stimulation, and so, it’s happening in our dreams. So, it started as that. It started as, how do we give people some escape. I had this imagining of a beach motif throughout the season, and I called Ellen, and I said, what if we bring back, I don’t know, some dead character that you could dream of on the beach, that would be so fun for the fans,” Vernoff shared.

“Patrick and I both have homes in Malibu, and we went for a hike one day. I had known that Krista wanted to do a beach thing, and I was at the beach. Patrick and I weren’t hiking on the beach, but we were hiking in Malibu, which, you can see the beach,” Pompeo added.

“And the idea just struck me so I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season? I know that Patrick has his foundation in Maine where he helps cancer patients and cancer survivors, and that’s a huge effort of his, and I know that it’s important to him, also, to give people hope, and give people joy, and we wanted to bring something to this moment.”

When asked what it had felt like filming the scene with Dempsey after all those years, Pompeo said, “It felt great. Patrick and I have this chemistry, where I think, even from when we first met, for some reason it just felt like we’ve known each other for a hundred years, and it’s just the same feeling. It’s like riding a bike, we just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other.”

“And it was very healing to come back, and know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile, and I think, for me, I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be able to be at this place in the show where we can do this,” she continued.

(ALSO READ: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 will tell the stories of frontline healthcare workers)

Derek died in Season 11 after suffering from a head injury sustained from a fatal car accident while driving to the airport for his final trip to Washington.

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