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"Everybody thinks I kill everybody all the time," Shonda joked, adding that she likes that, because it means the audience takes "seriously" the potential threat to Meredith's health.
That said, it sounds to us like this plot is going to have a happy ending.
"We have a lovely storyline planned," Shonda said. "I think it’s going to be very beautiful for Meredith and Derek."
Shonda also noted that we'll be seeing Derek deal with feeling very responsible for "what’s happening with the hospital," and added that both Meredith and Derek are "going to be playing a larger part in the future of the hospital." And yes, that means we'll also watch "Meredith evolve as a leader and a doctor."
It sounds like we can expect good things for MerDer this year!
For much more from Shonda, check out the full interview here.