Grey's Anatomy fans react after former character is mentioned

Amy West
·3 min read
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Grey's Anatomy spoilers for season 17 episode 3 'My Happy Ending' follow.

Grey's Anatomy is used to tugging on fans' heartstrings, and so far season 17 has proved no exception. Just a week after the long-running medical drama unexpectedly brought back a fan-favourite character, it's now sent its viewers into a tailspin by mentioning another departed doctor on screen.

The double-bill premiere saw Patrick Dempsey reprise his role as Meredith's late husband Derek 'McDreamy' Shepherd and while it was sweet to see the pair come face-to-face with one another, the reality was that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) only saw Derek because she was hallucinating after collapsing.

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Photo credit: ABC

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In Thursday's episode (November 19), it was confirmed she has coronavirus (COVID-19).

Later, as they were discussing her condition, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) suggested that she reconsider leaving her power of attorney with Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), who left Seattle to go be with his ex-wife Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) in season 16.

"Amelia can't even decide what's for dinner," Meredith replied, shooting down Bailey's alternatives. "Maggie? She doesn't know when it's someone's time to die. At least Alex will pull the plug if I need him to..."

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Photo credit: ABC

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"Meredith don't change your POA from Alex. He is your person and has your best interests at heart," one viewer reacted to the scene on Twitter, as another said: "Alex Karev being mentioned by Meredith makes me so emotional."

Check out some more reactions to Karev being name-dropped below...

Grey's Anatomy season 17 airs on ABC in the US. It airs on Sky Witness in the UK with selected episodes also available on NOW TV.

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