If you are a person with eyes and/or ears you have probably heard/read about last week’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy. More accurately, you have likely heard about it, watched it, sobbed uncontrollably and raged to the point of irrationality. KG did. She sobbed and raged to the point of needing to write a “Rage Post/Over-Emotional Response” on this blog. She proceeded to sit Justine & I down and put us through similar torrents of feels. (It may be obvious already, but I’ll explicitly state it anyways: This post has Grey’s Anatomy spoilers.)
I was reluctant; I am waaaaaaay behind on Grey’s. Like 2010 behind. What if I didn’t understand what was going on? But KG assured me that anyone who knew anything about the show would get it. I got it… except I didn’t. Why would they do this to us??? WHY????? I do not understand how they could kill one of the most iconic tv characters of our time. And in such a mundane way.
That is probably my biggest problem with the episode (mainly because I stopped watching and haven’t, as KG put it, “wasted 10 years of my life on a love story that is just done.”). Derek was a superhero. Did you see him save those car accident victims like a boss? And yet he died due to a plain old semi, incompetence and a neurologist’s dinner date? Nope. I refuse to accept it; instead i am going to make my own head canon. Cue my over-active imagination…
Here is a list of deaths better befitting the epic Dr. Derek Shepherd:
5. Orphans on a School Bus on a Cliff
Picture a school bus, packed full of orphans, hanging half off a Grand-Canyon-worthy cliff. Don’t ask me why there is a school bus full of orphans. Or why they are travelling around canyons. Or how they almost went over the edge of one. That’s a job for the writers who get paid to come up with this stuff. I’m stepping in at Derek running towards the bus (the real writers can also work out why he’s at the scene). He hops on, even though he knows it’s horribly unstable. Children are being herded to the back where they can exit. Meanwhile Derek tries to keep the bus firmly planted and the weight balanced by putting himself out of reach of an exit. The bus slips but there’s still one more kid… should he save little Timmy or himself? (Obviously little Timmy has been the cutest child ever all episode). Derek chooses Timmy. The kid lives. McDreamy does not.
4. Children with Parents on a School Bus on a Cliff
Picture #5 but the orphans are actually kids with parents. It seems less epic, and yet imagine the cliff top is now cluttered with panicked parents. Derek is their only hope!
3. I Give You the Gift of Air From My Lungs
The ferry has crashed and is sinking too far from the shore for most people to swim. Luckily Derek is on board, due to his well known love of ferry boats! He dives in, pulling people up. He swims, dragging unconscious passengers to shore. He gives up the last breath of air in his lungs to help a little girl make it to the surface. *Sigh*
Pan the view over to the remnants of the boat and there’s an old lady throwing a priceless necklace into the ocean. It’s so incredibly tragic.
2. No One Else Can Match His Skill
Cold open to Derek looking at a brain scan. Amelia stands behind him, half in shadow and half illuminated by the harsh light of the computer screen. “It’s inoperable Derek… impossible,” she says dejectedly. Derek tilts his head like a new vantage point will change what is on the screen, “Nothing’s impossible. Not for us.”
Half a season later we have learned that Derek has an inoperable brain tumour (oh the irony!), but rather than give up he has gathered all of the brightest minds in neurology at Seattle Grace hospital to weigh in. An experimental procedure is identified. Then an extremely risky surgery. “It’s worth it,” he decides, “to live out my days with Meredith and our family.”
Everyone advises Amelia against performing the surgery. “You’re too close.” “It’ll be too overwhelming.” “This is your brother, damn it!” But that’s just it… it is her brother and she can’t possibly let anyone else, anyone less skilled – less prepared do it. But it proves too difficult. She doesn’t have Derek’s skill. McDreamy dies on the operating table because he was the only surgeon talented enough to complete his own procedure.
1. Happily Ever After
No one said his death had to be horribly tragic. I mean, it is a Shonda Rhimes show, so drama and heart-wrenching pain are likely. But we could rebel against the brilliant, sadistic Ms. Rhimes and choose happily ever after. In this scenario Derek missed his plane saving people in a car crash, then gets in his car, drives home to Meredith and never leaves her again. The President’s people come to him to wrap things up. He keeps working as the world’s best brain surgeon. Meredith doesn’t have everyone she’s ever loved die. We, as an enraptured audience, don’t feel the need to form an angry, pitch-fork-wielding mob. Win-Win-Win.
What do you think? Was Derek’s death fitting enough for you? Or would you pick one of my scenarios? Let me know in the comments below!
Love & Luck,