"My goal is to get Meredith [Ellen Pompeo] and Derek [Patrick Dempsey] together for good and let them try to figure out what it is to be in a relationship in the future." - Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.
The executive producer's words may offer welcome relief for fans exhausted by months - years - of Meredith and Derek getting closer, yet always driven apart.
"That is something that time off [during the writers' strike] really gave me some perspective on â€" whether or not we could actually do it, how we could do it, that it would be amazing to watch how that works," Rhimes said.
Will the much-maligned Meredith and Derek love story finally be repaired?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Shonda Rhimes said she had dinner with Dempsey and "we talked about all of this. As actors, they're very invested in Derek and Meredith. Ellen and I are getting together Monday."
Even the Grey's Anatomy cast itself is excited by this news.
When told of the MerDer development, T.R. Knight exclaimed, "Oh, wow, I didn't know that! I guess Meredith and Derek are gonna smooch again!"
On a slightly less ecstatic note, Knight said he is busy getting over a bad cold before heading back to work next week: "I got the crud that's been going around," he said as he drove home from a doctor's appointment yesterday. "It was like, Body is crashing, you've got a week and a half to be sick before work starts, so go."
Also coming up when Grey's Anatomy returns April 24:
- Lauren Stamile, who plays McDreamy's latest potential love interest, Nurse Rose, will return for all five new spring episodes.
- Elizabeth Reaser, as Jane Doe / Ava / Rebecca, will be back for three.