Shonda Rhimes has two characters in mind that she would like to see return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, even though they’re both dead.
Shonda, who created the hit ABC series, named Patrick Dempsey‘s Derek, as well as T.R. Knight‘s George O’Malley, as the two characters she’d like to see return to the show in a new interview.
“Some of them aren’t alive anymore,” Shonda told Entertainment Tonight at the inauguration of the Shonda Rhimes Performing Arts Center in L.A. on April 12. “I always loved Meredith and Derek. I loved the week we got to see that reunion. I always loved George,” she added.
George died in the season 5 finale after being hit by a bus, while Derek was killed off in season 11 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Both actors reprised their role in season 17 during a beach dream sequence of Meredith’s (Ellen Pompeo) while she was in a coma from COVID.
“There’s so many wonderful characters that are on that show that we want to have in our hearts and our memories, but that’s the beauty of such a long-running show. There’s so much to go back and rewatch.” Shonda added during the interview.
The series has been renewed for a 19th season, although its lead star has openly discussed her thoughts on the show ending soon.
I’ve been trying to focus on convincing everybody that it should end,” Ellen, 52, told Insider in Dec. 2021. “I feel like I’m the super naive one who keeps saying, ‘But what’s the story going to be, what story are we going to tell?’”