Shonda Rhimes and Meredith Grey are on the same page when it comes to moving on (romantically) after Derek.
“I am as ambivalent as the character is, because I guess I’m Meredith’s stand-in,” the Grey’s Anatomy creator told TVLine when asked about the possibility of the character falling in love again. “The death of Derek was incredibly hard, so I feel like we’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to watch it evolve and take it as it comes.”
In a previous interview, Rhimes seemed to shoot down speculation that incoming cast member Martin Henderson (Off the Map) is being groomed as Mer’s new McDreamy, insisting that she’s still figuring out “what I’m doing with [him].” As it is, romance in general is “not the focus” for the still-grieving widow in Season 12.
“Meredith is single and she is living this life that she’s never thought she’d be living again,” noted Rhimes. “She’s living in a house with her sisters. She’s surrounded by women who are dating and having a whole life and she’s not interested in all that. [Meredith is] starting to wonder, ‘Is there a second life here?'”
What do you think? Given that roughly 15 months have passed since McDreamy transitioned to the big TV cemetery in the sky, is it time for Mer to dip her toe back in the dating waters? Vote in the poll below and then elaborate in the comments!