Patrick Dempsey has been with Shonda Rhimes' (creator) team since day one; from the monumental "the-next-morning" scene his character, Derek Shepherd shared with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
Now headed towards its tenth season with a slew of major characters cut out, Dempsey is now one of the medical drama's pivotal character. THR interviewed the actor about the aforementioned season and we'd like to share with you Grey's Anatomy fans out there what the show has in store for Derek and Meredith. Keep reading to spot the spoilers!
Looking at season 10 of Grey's Anatomy, will there be a time jump when the season resumes?
We're continuing on where we left off last season. It's continuous and it feels like it, too. The storm is continuing on and we pick up right where we left off. We're still dealing with the crisis of what's happening with the storm. We air the first two hours and our fourth episode in the season is our 200th, which is remarkable in itself.
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Have you heard any rumblings about what that 200th is going to be?
Not at this point; I think they're still trying to figure it out. People are very excited this year and the cast is as well. People really are enjoying the fact that we've made it to 200 episodes in 10 years.
THR: Do you think this is going to be the last season of Grey's?
I don't think it will be. I think it will continue on. Whether or not we're in the show, I think the show will continue on. I know [creator] Shonda [Rhimes] would like it to continue.
Do you want to continue beyond season 10?
I think it's worth having the discussion, certainly.
What's Derek's trajectory this season?
Dempsey: We're going to get into President Obama's agenda on brain mapping. I think that will be fun for Shepard to get into that, it's a fascinating thing. I've been starting to look at the research on that and what they're trying to achieve. I'm excited about that storyline. The writers are really getting into it. I think it would be fun to see Shepard go to D.C. and be part of the brain mapping. At the same time, it is a procedural so we need to see him in the OR. But it would be nice to be doing the brain mapping and then dealing with the political aspect of what they're doing as well and then really allowing people to understand what Obama's agenda is with that and how important it is so we can be informative and entertaining at the same time. I hope we can go in that direction.
What's Meredith's (Ellen Pompeo) part of that?
Meredith is going to be juggling her career with children and Shepard is going to spending more time with the children than his career -- at least initially. We're going to see what kind of conflict that brings in their relationship. They can't be just be happy; we have to have some conflict with those two. Life is always about conflict, isn't it?
Watch the clip below for the best moments of Patrick Dempsey as Dr. "Mc Dreamy" Shepherd: