‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Fans Are Freaking Out Over This 1 Move By Patrick Dempsey Ahead of His TV Comeback

Patrick Dempsey has sent Grey’s Anatomy fans into a frenzy. It has been a few years since Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, was killed off on the medical drama, but there remains a lot of love between him and his former co-star, Kate Walsh. Taking to Twitter, Dempsey recently complimented one of Walsh’s photos, a move that left Grey’s Anatomy fans freaking out.

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Inside Derek and Addison’s romance on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Dempsey played the part of Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy until the series killed him off in 2015. Although many fans knew that Dempsey’s time on the show had come to an end, his character’s death still came as a big shock.

Walsh, meanwhile, played Dempsey’s first wife on the hit medical show named Dr. Addison Montgomery. In 2007, Walsh starred in her own Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice, that ran until 2013.

A few years ago, Dempsey opened up about his relationship with Walsh and revealed that they always got along great on the set of Grey’s Anatomy.

“Kate’s fun, and her comic timing is amazing,” he explained. “This was fun just to be playful and to make each other laugh.”

After his exit, Dempsey has taken his acting career to the big screens. One of his more memorable roles was in Bridget Jones’ Baby. Walsh has remained in television and recently appeared in 13 Reasons Why as Olivia Baker.

Why did Dempsey leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Grey’s Anatomy fans were very heartbroken when McDreamy was killed off. But for Dempsey, his departure from the series was a long time coming.

Following his exit, Dempsey admitted that he probably should have bowed out a few years before creator Shonda Rhimes ended his character’s journey. He also revealed that he left the show on good terms with Rhimes, who issued a heartfelt statement after his departure.

Even still, many fans criticized how Rhimes handled Dempsey’s decision to walk away from the show. In particular, most viewers did not like how Rhimes did not make any room for Dempsey to return down the road.

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But as far as his Grey’s Anatomy co-stars are concerned, killing off Derek was the best way to end his story. In fact, Ellen Pompeo later revealed that she thought Rhimes did Derek’s story justice by killing him off. She also believes that fans would not have been able to let him go otherwise.

“If the character is still alive, then the audience can never let go of that character and then they always want them to come back. Knowing that he did 11 amazing seasons and was ready to move on, you can’t have that. You can’t have his character be a bad guy and leave his family,” she stated.

Dempsey prepares for bit TV comeback

While Dempsey has taken on a few roles on the big screens since his departure from Grey’s Anatomy, he is set to return to the world of television in the near future.

According to Yahoo, Dempsey is set to play an important role in CBS’s political drama Ways & Means, which is from executive producer Ed Redlich (Without a Trace). Dempsey is playing the part of a member in Congress who has lost his faith in the system and is secretly working for the other side.

This will mark Dempsey’s first full-time role since his exit from Grey’s Anatomy in 2015. He enjoyed a brief cameo on The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair in 2018.

It should be noted that CBS has only ordered a pilot for Ways & Means, so a first season is not guaranteed at this point. But considering Redlich’s former work and the fact that Dempsey is on board, we are confident that the network will give it a green light.

Dempsey gushes over Walsh

While viewers around the world wait for Dempsey’s big return to television, the actor recently sent Instagram into a frenzy after sharing a comment on one of Walsh’s photos.

Walsh shared a photo of herself promoting a line of car fresheners from Boyfriend Perfume. Not one to miss out on an opportunity to compliment his former co-star, Dempsey assured Walsh that she looks as stunning as ever.

“Looking radiant my lady,” he posted.

Fans went into a meltdown after seeing the comment, and it is pretty evident that Dempsey and Walsh have remained good friends over the years. In response to his comment, Walsh replied, “I LAVA u,” which was the perfect reaction.

Dempsey has not commented on his return to television, but we cannot wait to see him on his new show.

In the meantime, new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy air Thursday nights on ABC.