Here's Why Derek Shepherd Had to Die on 'Grey's Anatomy'

We're still not over it, but this does make sense.

Here's Why Derek Shepherd Had to Die on 'Grey's Anatomy'

At the end of last season, Grey's Anatomy scribe Shonda Rhimes set a new all-time record in heartbreak when she killed off Dr. Derek Shepherd. It was a truly shocking twist from a drama that has seen everything from an abdomen bomb to a plane crash to ghost sex during its 11 seasons. Fans were not happy, and some even started an online petition to bring McDreamy back.

This week, Rhimes addressed Patrick Dempsey's controversial swan song at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour. She told reporters that McDreamy's death was the only way to preserve the integrity of the love story between Derek and Meredith once Dempsey officially decided to leave Grey's.

“Either Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her, I don’t know, high and dry, and what was that going to mean?” she said. “That was going to suggest that the love was not true and the thing that we had said for 11 years was a lie and that McDreamy wasn’t McDreamy. So for me, that was untenable. Meredith and Derek’s love had to remain Meredith and Derek’s love. So as painful as it was for me as a storyteller, because I never really thought that was going to happen, the only way to preserve what felt true to me is that Derek was going to have to die in order for that love to remain honest.”

Rhimes continued, “I really couldn’t have the idea that he turned out to be a bad guy and walked out on his wife and his kids. To me it felt like that was the only way to make Meredith and Derek’s magic remain true and forever frozen in time.”

BRB, ugly crying forever.

Here's Why Derek Shepherd Had to Die on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Rhimes also expressed that the decision was not taken lightly. “We had a lot of discussions about it,” she said. “It’s never easy or fun. We’ve been working really hard for a long time together. We’re family. Those choices and those decisions are never easy for any of us.”

Nor for us, Shonda. Nor for us.

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