The creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes, has been dealing with the enormous backlash that came immediately after fans were forced to bid their farewells to Patrick Dempsey’s character, Derek Shepherd, when he was killed off the show last Thursday. The amount of rage coming from angry fans of the ABC network television show was quite unbelievable. Unfortunately for Rhimes, all the anger was directed straight towards her. The killing off of the Grey’s Anatomy character was apparently serious enough for some to go as far as making death threats in order to bring Dempsey back, calling her names like TV serial killer, as if she literally murdered someone on national television and got away with it. Even though fans may be upset with her, for the most part, the Grey’s Anatomy creator, Rhimes is really excited for what the future has in store for the show.
As soon as the episode finished airing, Twitter blew up with comments coming from angry, disappointed, sad and some just plain confused fans. They turned Twitter into their own support group for Grey’s Anatomy watchers, addicted to Derek Shepherd. That night, Twitter became a place for them to vent their frustrations with other die-hard viewers of the show. Then they voiced their issues with Rhimes for not being their sponsor to help them through this devastating travesty, which had just ruined the lives of so many innocent, unsuspecting people.
For the amount of anger that the Grey’s Anatomy fans had towards the news of Dempsey’s character being removed from the show, one would have assumed that they were trying to right some sort of wrong that had be done against him. That was not the case at all.
The popular Grey’s Anatomy actor stated that he was made aware that his character was being written off the series around February or March and like everyone else, he was really surprised by the news. Despite his initial feelings towards the situation, Dempsey claimed that it all just unfolded in a very natural, organic type of way. He was really quite pleased with the way things had played out, and he thanked his loyal fans who watched the show for all their support.
Although the fans may not agree, the Grey’s Anatomy creator made a statement regarding Dempsey, saying that she is also going through her own grieving process from the loss of a great cast member. She also said that Dempsey is a wonderful and very talented actor, and everyone involved with the making of the series will surely miss his hard work and the contribution he made to the show over the last 10 years.
Rhimes, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, said she is very excited for the show’s future. In her statement, she said that the Grey’s Anatomy family is now embarking on a new journey, stepping into a place that is completely different from anywhere that they have been up until this point. A new chapter is beginning for each of the characters in the show and the number of possibilities along with the multiple different directions that the story could go is endless.
Rhimes will continue to do what she does best, create stories, develop characters, and make the moves she believes are best for her creative works. The fans need to accept that there always comes a time when a change needs to occur in order for certain things to keep growing. Rather than fighting the Grey’s Anatomy creator, Rhimes, on her choice to cut Dempsey’s character, they should try to understand that the decision was made with the future in mind, to bring more excitement to the show.
Opinion By Kameron Hadley
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