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"Grey's Anatomy" Just Brought Back An Original Character And I Just Need To Scream About It, Thanks

Alexa, play "How to Save a Life."

🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead for the Season 17 premiere!🚨

Let's get right to it: Grey's Anatomy returned with a two-hour Season 17 premiere last night and let's just say A LOT HAPPENED.

Several doctors standing inside Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital
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The season picked up with the doctors at Grey Sloan dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and Meredith, in particular, was feeling the weight of losing so many patients.

Meredith holding herself up against a wall while wearing full protective gear
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And just when the two-hour premiere was about to end, Grey's Anatomy delivered one of its most shocking cliffhangers to date.

Cristina Yang sobbing
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^Live look at me crying and screaming.

In the final two minutes, Cormac "McWidow" Hayes finds Meredith unconscious in the parking lot after a long day of work.

Cormac reaching down to Meredith, who is unconscious, and saying, "Grey, can you hear me? Somebody help me!"
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We then see Meredith in a dreamlike state sitting on a beach and we suddenly hear, "Meredith!"

Someone saying "Meredith" and Meredith saying, "Oh my god"
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Now, this is when I fully dropped to the floor in my living room because I would recognize that voice anywhere.

Cristina Yang sobbing
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It was Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd waving at Meredith on the beach and the duo shared this truly adorable moment.

Meredith turning around on a beach and spotting Derek, and Derek saying her name and smiling
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This is the first time Derek has been seen (in new footage) since his death in Season 11.

Now, I know what you're thinking: Meredith seeing Derek CANNOT be good considering he's, well, dead, and Meredith just collapsed.

Meredith and Derek staring at each other
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I am literally the opposite of calm right now.

So next week's episode picks up where this week left off, with Meredith in the hospital — it looks like she has COVID-19 — and Derek will still be appearing to her in a dream.

Meredith in a hospital bed with Bailey holding her hand and then Meredith on the beach telling Derek she misses him and him saying, "I know"
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I'm having flashbacks to when Meredith saw Ellis and Denny while she was fighting to stay alive after she almost drowned.

Talking about Patrick Dempsey's big return with Deadline, Ellen Pompeo revealed that she asked Patrick if he would ever return to the show when they were on a hike together earlier this year.

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey hugging each other on a beach and wearing masks
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She knew showrunner and executive producer Krista Vernoff had this idea for Meredith's beach dream sequence, so she asked Patrick if he would like to be part of it.

Ellen said, "Patrick and I have this chemistry, where I think, even from when we first met, for some reason it just felt like we’ve known each other for a hundred years, and it’s just the same feeling."

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"It’s like riding a bike, we just have a chemistry and a dynamic that’s always served us well, and I think we have a genuine affection for each other."

Ellen and Patrick hugging on a beach
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Meanwhile, Patrick told Deadline, "It was really enjoyable [getting back into character]. It was really exciting, and fun, and it was great to see everybody."

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Basically, like me, everyone is freaking out about Derek's return to Grey's Anatomy. Here are some of the best tweets from the cast, the crew, and fans about the moment:

1.

Thought I would check in on twitter to see if you enjoyed the dreamy gift @KristaVernoff & @EllenPompeo gave to brighten up your 2020... 😘#GreysAnatomy

shondarhimes / Via Twitter: @shondarhimes

2.

FFFGUIZEYYGJKFUFYIFXFJBCDYUJJXGJKKYSKK HI BZUUCCZYIHCXCHNHULL OK LNVC #GreysAnatomy

KristaVernoff / Via Twitter: @KristaVernoff

3.

Most of the actors didn’t know. Some of the writers didn’t know. Most of the good folks at the studio & network didn’t know. It’s so fun watching it all unfold. 🤗 #GreysAnatomy

KristaVernoff / Via Twitter: @KristaVernoff

4.

I TOLD YOUUUUUUUUU #greysanatomy. *this season is WILDDDDD

camilluddington / Via Twitter: @camilluddington

5.

Oh. My. God. THE BEACH!!!! 😱 #GreysAnatomy

JakeBorelli / Via Twitter: @JakeBorelli

6.

THEY JUST PUT T H E DR DEREK SHEPARD ON MY SCREEN IN 2020 OH MY GOD #GreysAnatomy

enchantedrepss / Via Twitter: @enchantedrepss

7.

This scene just made all of 2020 okay again. I am SCREAMING. #GreysAnatomy

kgruuv / Via Twitter: @kgruuv

8.

us: nothing can fix 2020 ellen pompeo and patrick dempsey: is that a challenge? #GreysAnatomy #greys #merder

sweetleighade / Via Twitter: @sweetleighade

9.

MY HEART DROPPED IM SHAKING #GreysAnatomy

caroIinanjh / Via Twitter: @caroIinanjh

10.

I’m just laying here trying to process WTF just happened on grey’s and it been 21 minutes since the episode was over. #GreysAnatomy

antisociaalclub / Via Twitter: @antisociaalclub

11.

me watching the last two minutes of that episode #GreysAnatomy

mfay_m / Via Twitter: @mfay_m

12.

THIS CAN’T BE REAL LIFE. Meredith. Derek. #GreysAnatomy

tswiftsbt13 / Via Twitter: @tswiftsbt13

13.

i’m gonna need 7 to 10 business day to process what just happened #GreysAnatomy

runwildkian / Via Twitter: @runwildkian

14.

THE MERDER STAN IN ME JUSG JUMPED OUT AFTER 5 YEARS #GreysAnatomy

smilekarev / Via Twitter: @smilekarev

15.

OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED IM SOBBING NONONONO DEREK #GreysAnatomy

eileenmargaret0 / Via Twitter: @eileenmargaret0

16.

AM I MCDREAMING??????? WHATATATATATATATTR??? #GreysAnatomy

shawtybae1123 / Via Twitter: @shawtybae1123

17.

that’s same look seventeen seasons and fifteen years later #greysanatomy

cristinasoh / Via Twitter: @cristinasoh

Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

What do you think of Derek's return? Are you nervous about what's going to happen to Meredith? Tell us in the comments below!

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