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Patrick Dempsey Speaks on Meredith-Derek Relationship

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Not only does it look more and more as if the Hollywood writers' strike may cap Season Four of Grey's Anatomy at only 11 episodes, but leading man Patrick Dempsey now says the relationship that has kept viewers on the edge of their seats for three years may have finally reached its expiration date.

Patrick Dempsey tells TV Guide:

"The next couple of episodes are going to be completely different with what happens with Meredith and Derek... I'm looking forward to that change and that movement."

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Dempsey, who was interviewed by TV Guide exclusively while he promoted his new movie, Enchanted, in Los Angeles November 4, says he is ready for his character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, to move on â€" potentially to the new character (reportedly to be played by Lauren Stamile) set to be brought in as his love interest.

"I just want the characters to continue to grow, and to work things out realistically," Patrick Dempsey said. "Derek and Meredith's relationship has gone as far as it can go. I don't think it's going to go unless she commits to marrying him or goes into therapy and starts working on herself. We'll have a cliffhanger with this last show and there will be a resolve that seems to be permanent."

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i love the meredith and derek couple ! plz let them stay together till the end of the show!!!!!!! they are perfect!!!! i am hooked on them!!

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How depressing!!!!! I SERIOUSLY think Grey's Anatomy is SERIOUSLY over. How can it go on if Derek and Meredith cannot work out their issues and work on their relationship. Shonda and the writers have never given her a chance at anything positive. They have only given her negatives in her life, they have never allowed her to be happy for any length of time...and that has impacted her relationship and love for Derek SERIOUSLY, and he has his own issues to work out also. They deserve to be happy together...I cannot believe that Rose is the answer for Derek. There is something about her that is not right..I don't trust her...I think there is evil in her and she will end up hurting someone. Maybe Meredith so she can have Derek all to herself, because he will never stop loving Meredith... anyone else have these feelings?????

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Come on guys! Don't give up on MerDer yet!!! I mean come on, Shonda wouldn't break them up, think about all those times that they broke up and got back together again, this is just another one of those times!
Except this time they didn't split up... ANYWAY! Think of all those times they kept you at the edge of your seat, When Addison showed up, when Derek saw Meredith in Finn's shirt! PLEEEASE DON'T GIVE UP ON THEM!!!

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Allvarligt...! That means seriously in swedish... In Sweden we are in the end of season three but I'm trying to keep a little update on this side.
I don't follow series that much but I fell in love with Grey's about the second episode, season one. And the biggest reason for that was Mer/Der's lovestory... I just love them together, their chemístry and their heartbreaking love for each other makes you really identify... and if Shonda is splitting them up, well then I'm not sure I will continue to watch... allvarligt...

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I agree. If derek gets with another woman Meredith should sleep with Mark!!!!!!!!!!!

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I don't think that MerDer is going to break up once and for all because Shonda must know that if she breaks them up she is going to loose millions of viewers. But I am kinda sick of the whole MerDer situation. I don't like the show as much as i used to. I'm tired of Meredtih and Derek cant make a decision and i hope they finally break up or gets together or else im going to leave the show. This was my favourite show but now im getting tired of it, and its not as fun as it used to be.

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This was my favorite show. WAS! Enough of the back and forth! Just get Mer and Der back together already. Enough is enough! I hope to see an end to George and Izzie. Come on, no MerDer and Gizzie survives. That will be the end of the show. The chemistry between Mer and Der doesn't come along everyday. The whole Ross/Rachel thing made me give up on Friends too.

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OMG!!!! NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merder CANNOT break up!!!! They are the show, the chemistry and the love. of course i love the surgeries too though, being i want to be a surgeon. but even if they break up, i will try to bring myself to watch the show without them. I agree with chrisinaismylife, people should stop threatening to stop watching the show. and the language u guys use up here is just terrible. anyway, merder breaking up....BAD IDEA!!!!!!!!!!

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The whole story is based on Meredith and Derek..How can you change that!!!!!
It's the only reason that I have stayed so hooked....

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MeredithSheperd,
They are keeping anything to do with Lauren Stamile very secretive so i am not really sure how many epis she will be doing. However according to spoilers, she will be sticking for a while... but with the strike and grey's having just 11 epi's to air thus far... its difficult to imagine anything at all.