Last night, Shonda Rhimes stopped by The Nightly Show With Larry Whitmore to promote her Thursday night line-up: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.
Rhimes is really good at breaking our hearts by killing off characters we hold dear (RIP George O'Malley), and Whitmore wanted to know if there is more to her method than a storyline.
"Have you ever killed off a character because you didn't like the actor? And extra bonus points, who was it? Don't even think about lying," Whitmore asked.
"Yes, and I'm not naming names,” a squirmy Rhimes said.
Patrick Dempsey's character was the latest casualty; his character, Derek Shepherd had been on Grey's from the pilot, but was killed off at the end of last season.
Back in August, Rhimes explained her reasons for offing Dr. McDreamy at the Television Critics' Association press tour.
"What were the options? Derek was going to walk out on Meredith and leave her high and dry, and what was that going to mean? That was going to suggest that their love was not true, that the thing we said for 11 years was a lie, and McDreamy wasn’t McDreamy," Rhimes explained.
"For me, that was untenable. Meredith and Derek’s love had to remain Meredith and Derek’s love. So as painful as that was for me as a storyteller, the only way to preserve what felt true to me was that Derek was going to have to die in order for that to remain honest."
Suddenly I feel the need to rewatch these shows and play a game of "why did they really die, Shonda?"