(MEDIA GENERAL) – Fans of ABC’s long-running drama “Grey’s Anatomy” were shocked by Thursday’s episode, in which Dr. Derek Shepherd, one of the shows main characters, died unexpectedly in a car accident.
Many fans took to social media Thursday night to weigh in on the show’s latest twist. Most were upset that Shepherd was killed off, and angry at show creator Shonda Rhimes for her decision to kill “Dr. McDreamy.”
“Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character – for Meredith (Grey), for me and for the fans,” Rhimes said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter. “I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our ‘McDreamy.’ … His loss will be felt by all.”
Regardless of Rhimes’ reasoning for the decision to kill of McDreamy, most fans still are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a beloved character.
“Grey’s Anatomy,” which will wrap up its 11th season in May, has been picked up for another season.