Grey's Anatomy: Boring Without MerDer Conflict?

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Has the seventh season of Grey's Anatomy disappointed you at all?

If you think so, the lack of focus on Meredith may be one of your issues. The miscarriage, the aftermath of the shooting, the house, a baby, the relationships with Lexie and Thatcher, a big decision regarding her medical specialty ... we've seen little exploration of any.

Season Seven has, in large part, centered around Cristina Yang and Calzona. Has the show's "core" couple been relegated to the back burner? Will that change?


Does a lack of MerDer conflict make for a dull Grey's Anatomy.

In his column today, TV Guide's Matt Roush says the reason MerDer hasn't been featured as prominently lately may have to do with them being a happy couple.

Meredith's reveal of her miscarriage was anti-climactic, but the greater issue here is a lack of serious conflict. Occasional flare-ups at work, yes, but rarely at home.

Without conflict on a melodrama, there's not a lot. With the bulk of the shooting recovery arc over, perhaps Cristina will be back to normal. Then there's Calzona.

That recent conflict was built in to give Jessica Capshaw maternity leave, but may run its course soon as well. So will MerDer will return to the forefront shortly?

The upside, of course, is that the Post-It symbolizes forever. They are together for good. If they won't split up again, there's less conflict ... but it's a good thing.

Right? Can they still be interesting, albeit slightly boring? ARE they boring or is everything right with MerDer and Grey's? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Calzona...this is boring!!!!!!!!I need Alex!


@seriously...technically there WOULD still be a grey. It would be really different, but with the lack of mer/der there has been this season, and the amount of people still tuning in week after week, is proof that the show sadly enough will survive without them...there is a LARGE fan base out there, that isn't all about mer/der.....there are mexie fans, calzona fans, crowen fans, avery fans....sad but true...lets focus on the now, and not what might happen


@ JULES I agree!!! I heard Shonda Rimes say in an interview, that Ellen Pompeo, as well as Chyler Leigh wasn't around much right after they had their babies, because they were being a mother...props to them for not taking a long maternity leave, and staying at work. No one knows what is REALLY going on, maybe Ellen ASKED for less time on the screen no one knows....i'm sure there will be more mer der to come...deep breaths people, deep breaths


There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Grey's...look how many people are this forum, complaining, loving, most of all talkin bout it. this show isn't goin anywhere. Mer/der are married now when you get married you get boring, lol. it happens to the best of us.....if mer/der were the focus of every episode i highly doubt mer/der fans would be saying there are too many mer/der centered episodes. let other people have the spotlight...ellen pompeo has a kid and wants to spend some time with her...geeez louise


"If you think so, the lack of focus on Meredith may be one of your issues. The miscarriage, the aftermath of the shooting, the house, a baby, the relationships with Lexie and Thatcher, a big decision regarding her medical specialty ... we've seen little exploration of any." "Meredith's reveal of her miscarriage was anti-climactic..." Your quotes say it all!!!! That is exactly what is wrong with Grey's. SR is too "tired" to write good stories anymore. She got pissed off at her fans when they basically forced her to stop all the angst w/Mer-Der; so she Post-It married them & now leaves all their story-lines in mid-sentence. She thinks we actually care about & would rather see all the new idiots she's jamming down our throats. GA will not make it when Ellen & Patrick leave, so why not make the remaining epis Mer/Der based w/a lot of Alex, Chris, Bailey, Chief & Callie. That's what made GA, GA...why change a good formual? GREED.


Im happy with the amount of mer/der there is right now. I'm liking delving into different characters....i think we need more alex.


i want more of merder....


if ellen pompeo and patrick dempsey leave how can there be a grey's anatomy????there will be no grey!!in the first seasons meredith was dark and twisty in a really funny way!!!and derek....derek was an optimist with exwife problems!!!:D i really liked we can't see the merder relationship.meredith is more like a support character.and derek is just an exchief who got shot and has no problems about it.all we have seen about merder in the last 2 seasons is about what??20 minites??they have to be main characters again!!!!!!


they could never be boring. love that they're happy! they belong together!


Well I love MerDer from the beginning and I will till the end. That said this season has been extremely lack some development for MerDer. I mean for the love of God Derek got shot and Mer lost her baby. However I am used to not seeing them, it comforts me because the less screen time they have the less chance the writers have to screw with them. Have you notice how the writers screw with the character with more screen time. I don't want to be in shoes of Calzona fans or in the shoes of Mexie fans, or even in the shoes of C/O fans, don't think that just because Owen and Cristina are married the writers won't screw with them down the line, they got married under extraordinary circumstance. Just saying. So I'm happy that MerDer are happy, and should stay that way.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

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.


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)