Grey’s Anatomy was one of the top-rated shows in the United States; however, over the last few seasons, ratings have been dropping and we think it might because they have a tendency to kill off the fans’ most beloved characters. Since McDreamy suddenly died, fans have been going crazy and the rumor mill is spinning stories off like it is nobody’s business. We are kind of left wondering how much longer the show will keep going. How many characters can they really kill off without totally ruining the show? Here are 8 character deaths that totally had fans reeling:
8. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)
Patrick Dempsey’s character Dr. Derek Shepherd was killed off of Grey’s Anatomy during season 11. After helping victims of a car crash, Shepherd ended up getting into one. When he was taken to the hospital, no one followed proper protocol, which resulted in his death. Fans didn’t take it well. A petition has been launched to bring Dempsey’s character back.
Rumor has it that Shepherd was killed off because of Dempsey was behaving like a diva on-set. “Patrick has been acting like a diva and has clashed with Shonda. She suspended him for a while, and the word on set is that he isn’t coming back full time…Given all the past problems with Katherine Heigl and Isaiah Washington, there is little tolerance on the show for troublesome talent,” a source told Page Six. Dempsey has denied that this is true and so has Shonda Rhimes; however, it is worth noting that his character was killed off before his contract was even up.