Shonda Rhimes believes in the power of love!
During a press junket on Tuesday, the Grey's Anatomy creator defended her decision to kill off Patrick Dempsey's beloved character Derek Shepherd.
While some fans are still getting over McDreamy's tragic death, Rhimes revealed she had to kill him off because it was the only way to preserve the love between him and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo)!
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Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the 45-year-old explained the alternative would go against everything the show set up, saying:
"What were the options? Either Der was going to walk out on Mer and leave her high and dry, and what was that going to mean? That would suggest the love wasn't true, the thing we had said for 11 years was a lie."
Rhimes explained that McDreamy's death was the only way he could leave his wife, continuing:
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