The tragic end of Mer-Der shook us all to our core.
Now, after having a weekend to digest what it all means, Ellen Pompeo(who plays Dr.
Here's a definitive timeline of all the cast's most dramatic moments.
October 2006: Rumors surface that Isaiah Washington, aka Dr. Washington confirms the rumors by issuing an apology for his "unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set."The whole situation was made more unpleasant by the fact that Knight had not yet publicly come out as gay when the scandal broke — he confirmed his sexuality shortly afterward.
And considering the high melodrama quotient at Seattle Grace/Grey Sloane Memorial Hospital, that's really saying something.
Following her leading man's death, Rhimes issued this statement:"Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith, for me and for the fans.
I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our 'Mc Dreamy.' Patrick Dempsey’s performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example – happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true – of what young women should demand from modern love.
"People who get up each day and do what feels like is the impossible.
So it is for these people and in the spirit of resilience I am honored and excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible.
The real news is the passive-aggressive statement she releases by way of explanation: "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the academy organization, I withdrew my name from contention."Yikes.