‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Patrick Dempsey Has Thoughts About When the Show Will End

As one of the most iconic shows in not just ABC network history, but all of television history, Grey’s Anatomy has captivated the attention of fans for many years. Since the show first premiered in 2005, viewers have followed Meredith Grey through the trials and tribulations of navigating a medical career and maintaining her personal life.

One of the most talked-about periods of the show revolved around Meredith’s relationship with Dr. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey. As the relationship blossomed between the two, fans fell in love with the pair until his tragic death in a plane crash. Viewers were shocked in the most recent season as the pair were reunited in an alternate reality while Meredith was medically incapacitated. Following the recent on-screen reunion between the duo, Dempsey opened up about when he expects the show to end. 

Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on 'Grey's Anatomy' season 10
Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season 10 | Kelsey McNeal/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Patrick Dempsey reappeared this season as Dr. Derek Shepherd

Dempsey, who appeared on the show during its first eleven series, reappeared on the show and created buzz about where fans can expect the show to go in the future.

In a recent interview, Dempsey discussed his perspective on the show and his own prediction about the series’ and it’s future.

The actor stated, “I think that’s been the remarkable thing about Grey’s Anatomy. No. 1, so many doctors now have hit their 17th year. So many people have gone through their education and now are coming out the other side who are doctors, so that’s one of the greatest legacies I think with the show is there are so many young doctors now in the world that were inspired by the show.”

He also spoke highly of the impact of the relationship between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd, adding, “I think there’s a real desire for romance and true love in the world and something that makes you feel good, and I think with Derek and Meredith, I think there’s something so beloved in that relationship and so special. It’s nice for both of us to be able to go back and give the fans something that they were asking for in a way that was positive messaging for the whole world I think in healing.”

Patrick Dempsey how the show is tackling the topical COVID-19 storylines and the show’s potential ending

Dempsey also praised the way the show has honored those working on the frontlines in the healthcare industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The actor said that “getting together and honoring all the frontline responders and doctors and nurses I think is a good thing.”


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As the show is currently in its 17th season, viewers are wondering how many more seasons to expect and how the show will end.

On how the show will end, Dempsey stated, “I think it’s going to end at the right time. We’ll see when that is. But it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anytime soon, that’s for sure.”

Grey’s Anatomy airs every Thursday on ABC.