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."

Making a Big Move

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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Wow... Totally thought the poll results would be the other way...
I think that if Patrick leaves, Ellen will leave too and then the show would loose a great deal of viewership and slowly dwindle. But through all of that I will watch... I think they should end it after Season 8.
For me the show was about their lives through their surgical residency at SGH. They are going into the 5th year of residency... The season can end with them choosing their fellowships and have a flash forward to Mer, Christina and Alex being surgeons and being the best they can be.
They should show Mark Callie and Arizona sending Sofia off to school, Bailey becoming Chief and doing her thing. we should also hear that Izzie died some tragic horrible way... lol... Everything should just come full circle and it should end. Shonda shouldn't prolong Grey's just to cash in. She should go back to the drawing board and create a new series... Grey's had its run...


I would watch without them but i also applaud the writers for
Not messing with the relationship. I love the fact that despite the problems,they are still together. But, the show must go on.


No, I won't watch the show without Patrick Dempsey. No hesitation. I'll watch him in his other projects. Grey's won't last without him but unfortunately they won't get it until it happens. They weren't able to figure it out for the last two seasons. I'm angry, they ruined a really great show.....


There is no way I would way Greys without Patrick or Ellen, they are the heart of the show. That's how it all started,they and the interns, it really doesn't matter how many other characters are brought in the interest is in Meredith and Derek. Here's hopeing that Shonda asks them to stay and they say year,if not let's not have anyone die or divorce, just simply transfer them and the baby to another hospital.


I hate Derek, so I didn't vote. Of course I'd watch without him, but I don't see Ellen Pompeo sticking around in that situation, and that would be the clincher.


it depends on whether ellen is also leaving. if she leaves, probably. if she doesn't leave, i don't really know how that's going to work


If or when Patrick Dempsey leaves Grey's Anatomy, the character Derek Shepherd will go with him. No one can be McDreamy but Patrick. If Shonda decides to kill Derek off, she may give Meredith a new love interest but it would be after a long period of grieving, Derek is Meredith's soul mate and she will be lost without him. I can see Meredith and Mark becoming very close, because Mark is Derek's best friend and Meredith will look to him for support in her time of grief. I would continue watching only if Meredith does stay, if anything happens to Derek she will be more dark and twisty then she was in the beginning. Season 8 is going to be very interesting to watch. Filming starts in July, hopefully we will get more goss then, when photos merge on the upcoming Season 8 Premiere. And will it follow tradition and be a 2 hour premiere, and will it be a 22 or 24 episode Season or will it make 27 just to end all the lose ends?


oh god people i write yours messages and i'm not word...Patrick go? mmm i'm continue see grey's he is not king of grey's in this season i see him so smart time and who cares? i'm not!


I would still watch it, but not if Shonda takes another actor to make Derek after Patrick leaves.


Don't think I would watch it when Derek and Meredith leave it's bad enough that they keep make split up because in no relationship does any body split up has much has they, I only what it because of them, this is the 1st programme I have got in to watching and got on DVDs and that is something I don't buy, when they leave I won't be carrying on watch it. It would be nice to see them have family and all work out. Sorry it's a no for me.


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.