Well, it’s our first night without a Grey’s Anatomy episode. Gee. You could say the last couple of episodes have created some controversy within the Grey’s “community” but let me tell you right now, I stand with Shonda and all the other writers.
Derrick died. In comparison to other deaths on the show, Derricks was no where near as dramatic. It didn’t pull on the same heart strings as George’s, Denny’s, Mark’s, Lexie’s, and one that personally crushed me to the core, Henry, Teddy’s “husband.” Those deaths were dramatic, those deaths you felt for the days to follow. Derrick’s, well we were just mad.
Forgive me if this all seems insensitive, I too am upset that Derrick’s departure was not “adequately” done. I have been watching Grey’s Anatomy for a long time now. I remember sneaking around to different rooms in my house to watch it when I was far too young and everyone was still constantly having sex in supply closets every other scene. Now as a college junior (or sophomore still?) I am so emotionally attached to these characters. After this year especially, this show was my light, it saved me. Well maybe saved me is a strong term, but it gave me something to cling to when nothing else was going right.
During this season especially we saw Meredith as her own person. We learned who Meredith was without her husband. After watching the episode when she realized that her streak was directly related to Derrick being away I was so fascinated, and at the same time concerned. What do you do when you are better without the love of your life? That is a question for another blog post. But this season we got to see Meredith live out Cristina’s declaration of being the Sun. Just as Meredith was navigating what that declaration looked like, I felt as if I was too. This season Meredith was my person.
When the news came out that Derrick was leaving the show, I felt this blind allegiance with Shonda. She knew what she was doing, and she was going to protect Meredith. I recognize that this show has many important characters, but for me, this is the Meredith show. Meredith is the Sun, and she is going to make it without Cristina and without Derrick. Meredith is strong, Meredith is resilient, Meredith is going to succeed.