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    Patrick Dempsey Talked About What Happened With Derek And Meredith In "Grey's Anatomy" And If He'll Ever Come Back

    "It was a beautiful ending to this story."

    WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the most current season of Grey's Anatomy.

    Patrick Dempsey "coming back" as Derek on Grey's Anatomy: one of the biggest shockers of the TV season, no question.

    Patrick Dempsey on the beach on Grey's Anatomy
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    Last week's episode involved Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek finally getting married on the beach, where so many Grey's reunions have taken place this season.

    Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo on the beach in Grey's Anatomy
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    It also marked Derek's final appearance on the show, and Patrick recently talked to Variety about how he felt regarding his character's (second) departure.

    Dempsey and Pompeo laugh together on Grey's Anatomy
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    “I thought it was a beautiful way to close it,” he said. “The intention was to really give people some hope because they are such an iconic couple."

    Dempsey and Pompeo during Derek and Meredith's wedding in Grey's Anatomy
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    "We’ve lost so many people this year, the thought that we’d have angels hovering around us taking care of us is a good message to send out in such a bleak world that we’re living in."

    Dempsey and Pompeo look out onto the ocean in Grey's Anatomy
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    "So for all of us, it was a beautiful ending to this story. I’m so grateful that I did it and happy that the fans really loved it.”

    Pompeo and Dempsey during Derek and Meredith's wedding in Grey's Anatomy
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    Patrick also weighed in on whether this was really goodbye for Derek.

    Dempsey looks at Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy
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    "Who knows?" he replied. "Never say never with this show, right?"

    Dempsey sits with his arms on his knees in Grey's Anatomy
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    I mean, he's got a point. On Grey's? Anything can happen.

    Dempsey and Pompeo walk on the beach in Grey's Anatomy
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