Grey’s Anatomy isn’t always known for its uplifting storylines, but fans were given a bittersweet moment in a recent episode.
Ellen Pompeo’s character Meredith was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier in the season, with the main storyline seeing her dealing with the effects of the deadly virus.
Although Meredith has been fighting for her life and struggling to regain consciousness for more than a few minutes at a time, her unconscious “safe place” of the beach has provided many fan-favourites to return to the show in dream sequences — much to people’s delight.
However, in a recent emotional episode, Meredith was faced with the difficult decision of staying on the beach with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) or going back to living where her kids and friends were anxiously waiting.
Although it wasn’t an easy decision for Meredith, she ultimately decided she didn’t want to leave her children and Derek didn’t want her to either, echoing her sentiments.
It was an episode filled with tear-jerking moments and fanatics caught a sweet throwback to the iconic Season 5 episode “post-it-note” wedding episode. Laughing that their daughter Ellis felt “robbed” she missed out on her parent’s nuptials, they soon found themselves on the beach where they had dreamed of getting married years ago, in a similar scene to the one Ellis drew that is proudly on the fridge.
“I hate weddings,” Meredith said. “But I’d give this to her if I could.”
Making promises to each other, as they did during their post-it-note ‘wedding’, Derek made Meredith promise to torture herself less.
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“You have to go,” Derek told Meredith, as they shared one last embrace on the beach, telling her: “It’s not your time yet. Our kids need you. You have to go.”
With Derek’s blessing, Meredith finally woke up (hopefully for good this time), telling her daughter Zola, “We love you,” while Derek walked away alone on the beach.
It was an emotional roller-coaster for everyone involved, and Twitter users went wild, taking to the platform to express their reaction to the “heart-wrenching” episode of television they just endured.
Some took comfort in the fact that MerDer finally got to have their wedding — even if it was a dream sequence.