By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist
Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by Shonda Rhimes. (Raises hand for the rest of forever.) I would say ‘spoiler alert’ but I’m assuming that everyone and their mother and their neighbor’s dog already knows what I am going to talk about.
Whether you’re an avid fan, an occasional watcher or have never seen an episode, everyone knows all about this past weeks’ shockingly heartbreaking episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
I am going to be honest and say that I haven’t been checking in on my pals at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital as regularly the past few seasons. Yet that didn’t stop my heart from breaking into thousands of little, tiny pieces when I found out that Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, aka the reason as to why girls everywhere have exceedingly high standards, has died.
I was innocently scrolling through my Twitter timeline when it happened. I was bombarded with furious fans and dozens of magazines, blogs and news accounts expressing their thoughts about the episode. So naturally I Googled what happened and before me was the truth I never thought I would have to accept.
Derek has been such a constant, consistent and occasionally moody character for so long that I never thought I would see the day that he wouldn’t be right by Meredith’s side. Although the two characters have had their fair share of fights, arguments, grief and mistrust, they also had love, joy, companionship and a bond that has made them one of the most well-known fictional couples out there.
I knew that I had to force myself to watch the episode, so I grabbed my Pillow Pet and my Ben & Jerry’s to properly prepare myself. Although I knew what was going to happen, it didn’t stop me from sobbing into my pint of ice cream.
Derek’s death came way too soon, and yet, it was perfect. His whole life, Derek’s primary goal was to save lives, and that’s exactly what he was able to do moments before his life came to an end.
Most television shows wait until season finales to have a major character die off, but Rhimes shocked us all by having Derek die while there are still three episodes left of season 11.
Rhimes always has a way to keep us on our toes and just when we start to get comfortable, she throws a major curveball. Life at Grey-Sloane Memorial Hospital is never going to be the same, but I know that Rhimes has something amazing in store for us.