Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey React to That Reunion

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When the initial promos for the Grey's Anatomy Season 17 premiere teased a shocking and "jaw-dropping" conclusion, we expected to be somewhat disappointed. 

However, the final moments of the opener found Meredith alone in the hospital parking lot, seemingly out cold. 

Viewers took a trip to her mind and she was on a beach, only to be reunited with her deceased husband, Derek. 

A Reunion on Grey's - Grey's Anatomy

In the aftermath of the episode airing, Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have both opened up about the reunion.

“I had known that Krista wanted to do a beach thing, and I was at the beach. Patrick and I weren’t hiking on the beach, but we were hiking in Malibu, which, you can see the beach," Pompeo revealed in an interview with Deadline.

"And the idea just struck me so I just said to him, would you ever consider coming and being a part of the storytelling this season?”

“I know that Patrick has his foundation in Maine where he helps cancer patients and cancer survivors, and that’s a huge effort of his, and I know that it’s important to him, also, to give people hope, and give people joy, and we wanted to bring something to this moment.”

Cuddles for Ellen and Patrick - Grey's Anatomy

Pompeo explained that giving fans the reunion during a time of "so much darkness" would provide a "ray of light" for fans, and he was so on board. 

“We had a ball filming it,” Pompeo added.

“I think the whole atmosphere has changed, certainly working at the beach, and seeing everybody again was really a very healing process, and really rewarding, and a lot of fun,” Dempsey told Deadline.

“And hopefully, that feeling translates, and the fans enjoy it. I know that they’ve been wanting us to get back together, and I think this will satisfy a lot of people, and surprise a lot of people, hopefully.”

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey Reunite - Grey's Anatomy

He added that felt "very special" and "comfortable" to film together again. 

“It’s like riding a bike. We just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other,” Pompeo said.

“It was very healing to come back, and know that we’re doing something good, putting out a positive story, a healing story, going to make people smile.”

The good news for fans is that the reunion will continue into the next episode. 

Grey's Anatomy- Derek Returns!

“It’s more than the one scene,” showrunner Krista Vernoff said.

“Patrick and Ellen and I were all there at the beginning of this; I wasn’t there for the pilot, but I was there for the first seven seasons, and that was 17 years ago."

"That was, like, a lifetime ago; my kids weren’t alive. It was so wild to walk out on that beach, and just be together again as these different people that we are now. But I can’t overstate how joyful and healing an experience this was.”

What did you think of the big return?

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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