Grey's Anatomy Without Patrick Dempsey: Would You Watch?

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The contracts of the original Grey's Anatomy cast will expire after the end of the upcoming eighth season, meaning May 2012 could be the end for them.

They could all sign new deals, of course, but Patrick Dempsey recently indicated that - at least as things stand at this moment - he's not inclined to.

"It will be my last," Dempsey said in an interview with Vogue. "I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters but for me it's done."

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Dempsey's rep later clarified the quote, but you can't help but wonder what the future holds for him, and whether Derek is an irreplaceable character.

The show will likely go on regardless as long as the fan base remains loyal and delivers decent ratings. But will his departure hurt that very cause?

It certainly wouldn't be the same, but the show also has a ton of characters in what has become an enormous ensemble cast, so you never know.

Tell us: Would you watch Grey's Anatomy sans Patrick?

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Severely decreased screen time, trashified personality and maybe death. Those were the ways Shonda used to destroy several previous GA characters so fans wouldn't miss them and I think those are what we can expect to happen to Shepard next season.


I agree with the rest of you... I love Grey's, but it feels like Season 8 should be the end. I want it to end on a high note. I don't want it to just keep dragging on.


I could deal with Izzy was hard enough with George leaving, but Derek??? Really??? the show will lose it's spark without him!!! why are all the good ones going????? make it stop!!!!


Fans don't flee the show


I'll still watch. The thing is I don't know how it will work if Patrick leaves but Ellen doesn't. If there is a MerDer break up Shonda is going to piss off A LOT of fans. If both Patrick/Ellen do leave after season 8, I can see S8 being a very heavy MerDer season, so they get a proper send off. I also see it being a fairly heavy Lexie season, since she is a Grey she will be the Grey in Grey's Anatomy if Ellen leaves. I do think the show will be able to continue if Partick/Ellen leave IF the writers and Shonda handle it well. ER continued for several seasons after major chracters left, so can Grey's, if the writers can handle well.


I can't believe so many fans will flee the show


Okay, I OF COURSE consider it VERY SAD if not DEVESTATING that Patrick Dempsey, and therefore his character Derek, will be out after the next season. And I completely understand that the show won't be the same, and that Shonda might not want to move on after this, BUT...! ... If they continue to a ninth season, would you just STOP WATCHING? So, you will never find out what happens to the others? Is that how much you care about GA?? Okay,so Derek disappears and perhaps Meredith too. But what about Lexie, Alex, Jackson, Callie, Mark...? Seriously, would you stand the thought of don't watch the show and miss to see more of them? I mean, we thought the show would be really sad and so after Izzie and George disappeared, but it survived! And yes,we will cry a whole lot, but still, GA will still be GA, just without some of the people we love.


i will still watch it i love callie,cristina,and lexi more than derek he is number 11 on my list of favorite charaters list. If Callie if she leave i mostly likely not watch but i will still always love it..


Why are they even considering carrying on, it's almost as if ending the show is an impossibility. They should just make season 8 the one that blows people away and tie up all loose ends and leave it to rest. I blame ABC who also extended LOST by three seasons just to get their hands on some money and with a show like Grey's Anatomy which does not have a planned ending, there is more of a possibility to drag it on despite the fact that viewers will disappear. If they carry it on after any of the original cast members leave, I would still watch it for the writing, directing and music but the story would suffer a tremendous blow.


I look forward to McDreamy's gorgeous face each Thursday night! If he leaves and Ellen Pompeo does too, the show will continue, but it just won't be the same. They are the original romantic couple of the series. Young love and we saw it blossom episode by episode. No one can take their places. He'll always be McDreamy to his fans!!


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)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.