Of course, he’s not sure if this is really the end of Derek’s time at Grey’s Anatomy. “Who knows? Never say never with this show, right? I’m glad we did this year,” he told the outlet of his chance to come back one more time.
Patrick also explained a bit more about how his reunion with Ellen came about, describing their conversations at the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. He said, “It was really for us to get the message across, wearing a mask, taking worries yourself. Ellen and I said, ‘What can we do together to make a difference here?’ “
The disappointed actor suggested that creating greater awareness of the coronavirus pandemic through the plot is “a positive action that translates into more positive action”.
While last week’s episode seems to be for Patrick, the end of the entire series could be near as well.
Showrunner Krista Vernoff has said that it is planning a season 17 finale that “could serve as either the season finale or the series finale”. In March she told The Hollywood Reporter, “I plan both eventualities and it’s difficult and not ideal. I don’t wish we were there.”