Over the years, Derek and Meredith have gone through more than most couples on TV.
But nothing compared to events on the sixth season finale, as Meredith suffered a miscarriage and Derek almost died from a gunshot. The repercussions of both these developments will be felt when the show returns on September 23.
Once Derek learns of the lost child, "he's devastated," Patrick Dempsey tells TV Guide, "because I think he's the one who wants the child more than she does in many ways. [A baby is] life-affirming for him, so I think he would definitely want to have a child and develop his house and things like that."
Meredith lost a baby to conclude season six. How will Derek react to this news on season seven? [Photos: ABC]
Ellen Pompeo adds that Meredith and Derek will act in a "more adult way" next season, with the topic of a baby foremost on their minds.
"We'll explore things that real couples go through with the decision to have a child, balancing the child with work and careers, and whose career is more important; however that goes," she said.
"We've got two more seasons," he says. "I think they'll struggle with it, and then probably not this season, but next season they'll maybe have a child. It won't happen that quickly."
Wait... did Dempsey just hint that he's leaving the show after season eight? Both his and Pompeo's contracts are up in 2012 and the topic of how many seasons Grey's Anatomy will/should run for has been a popular one for fans.
Sound off now: Do you want Grey's to continue after Ellen and Patrick leave? Do you want Mer/Der to have a baby before they depart? And what should they name it if so? We have two requests: George if it's a boy; and anything but Izzie if it's a girl.