Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) life was finally coming together perfectly in Grey's Anatomy Season 8, and then the stupid plane crash had to go and ruin everything.
How will the Grey's golden couple hold up in Season 9? We've rounded up all of the juiciest MerDer spoilers for the new season to help see you through the rest of the summer hiatus.
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They both live: Good news first: They both survive the plane crash.
But Derek's hand... However, Derek's hand is seriously injured, and according to showrunner Shonda Rhimes he'll be faced with figuring out who he is as a doctor if he's not "the guy who operates."
Meredith's emotional struggles: Meredith, meanwhile, will take over the newly happy Bailey's (Chanda Wilson) role as the hospital's resident "Nazi." She'll be a harsh task master for her new interns (hey, she is an attending now), though she's less mean than "no-nonsense." (But don't worry: She will have an episode where she really mourns Lexi).
Is it possible they leave? While we're fairly positive MerDer will end up staying in Seattle in the long run, Shonda does hint that some of the docs who planned to leave Seattle Grace-Mercy West could go through with it, at least for a bit.
Derek makes a new friend: We'll see Derek bond with Callie (Sara Ramirez). Really!
Meredith and Cristina stand-alone episode: Speaking of friends, Meredith and Cristina (Sandra Oh) will get an episode devoted entirely to them. See ya a different week, Derek! (Also, why are Mer and Cristina arguing in this pic?)
Love is in the air: Despite their troubles, this couple will find time to get sexy — and it sounds like they might really move into the dream house. Finally.
What do you want to see from MerDer? Let us know in the comments below.
Grey’s Anatomy Season 9 will premiere on Thursday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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