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Grey's Anatomy Spoilers: Mer-Der Still the Focus

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Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly has some good quotes from Grey's Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff in his spoiler Q&A this morning, shedding some light on what's to come from the show's signature couple since day one, Meredith and Derek.

Here's what Michael and Krista have to say in response to a fan inquiry ...

Q: Grey’s Anatomy fans are buzzing about a possible Derek and Meredith break-up this season. Please tell me it isn’t true.

A: It isn’t true. Here’s what is true: The Mer-Der relationship, as we could have expected, will be written a little lighter during the first half of the season as a result of Ellen Pompeo’s pregnancy and subsequent maternity leave in real life, which will limit her work.

“I think we would be irresponsible writers if we didn’t give a woman who’s seven-months pregnant a little less time on her feet,” says exec producer Krista Vernoff.

“She’s waddling around seven-months pregnant about to push a baby out of herself. We have a responsibility to alleviate [Ellen Pompeo's] screen time a little bit.”

That said, Vernoff insists Mer-Der are at no risk of losing their title as Seattle Grace’s reigning super couple, promising fans that: “It would be false to say that Mer and Der are no longer the focus of the series. Derek and Mer will always be a focus of the series.”

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I am a late commer to the show & fell in love with MerDer right away.I have watched all four seasons & they did not get much time together.Always some kind of interruption.How would the writers like things like that to happen to them like busting in their bedroom.Was looking for some reality through all four seasons.And the attitudes & mouthing off.The only hospital I know that puts up with that.Need some reality.Hope Mer is really "healed."

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Time for Izzie and Alex to say that they're looking for their own appartment, and Lexie to leave Meredith's house. I really can't see how all the lodgers can stay in Meredith's house now she's married. Writers and Shonda take note. Hopefully the spoiler pic I saw means someone else moves to the trailer temporarily

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I read that PAtrick is doing a charity bicycle ride in October, so maybe MerDer will disappear together for a while. Honeymoon? HarperAvery award? I'm going to miss Mer so much. How will they explain her absence? Ellen is absolutely blooming in her pregnancy.

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jude, 100% agree with you. Derek needs to move forward on his own too, not only on his stance with his relationship with Meredith, which is why I have suggested that maybe he should be the new Chief. I don't think that removing Dr. Webber out of SGH but I think that it is time for a new beginning. This could be a great storyline on his own and being able to 'hide' Meredith for a while. Haha, I'm now very curious how they'll write Derek during Meredith's AWOL period. I'd like for him to also have a break and 'disappear' with Meredith but at this point, who knows? As for the rest, you made great points there. The reverberations comments and the newly 'married' couple should have some moments like that. I'm not expecting much since the beginning of the season it's going to end Izzie's Anatomy but we'll see on how it's done for the second half of the season.

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merder is the shonda's play...but after the last season where we 's seen a post-it as a wedding (frankment ridiculuos) and merder scenes shortened in slow-motion ...i as a fan of ga say this show will go to end because i'm very tired to see that is i d0n't want to see...

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The MerDer relationship has been always been at the core of GA as a series. Any change from this would be extremely stupid

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I think anuuflas is correct in the writers needing to up their plans for how Der is going to move forward into season 6. But NOT a storyline with him fretting about where his relationship stands with Meredith. I'm not surprised that a GA fan had to ask Auseillo about a MerDer break up, we've had this storyline too many times now for it to be repeated again. The post-it wedding has left doubts and Shonda stating that it will have 'big reverberations next season' didn't help at all. The writers have stated Ellen's work load is going to be lighter at the beginning of this season, that is understandable and I applaud that attitude. So let's hope if we're rationed with MerDer scenes that they're all positive interations that you would expect of a newly 'married'couple who have married the'love of their life'

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TDS, No offense but Izzie's Anatomy didn't gave Derek the best storyline. Ironically, it was outside characters like Addison, Jenn, and to an extent Mark. The best of his scenes came after his breakdown caused by a patient, not Izzie. Mer used Izzie's case to bring Derek back. So IMO Izzie's just made the fab 5 some good storylines, not all of them. Derek didn't really get much involved until the season finale.

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what would we do without merder i dont think anything life would not go on without merder in greysss xx

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The main reason I watch is MerDer,although I love all the other characters including Lexie. That's why its such a great show,the interaction between these characters. I'm disappointed that there won't be a Mcbaby but hopefully next season.They have to move forward as a married couple and that would be the natural progression since they have both said they want children.I'm looking forward to the new season.

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.

Meredith
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