The Grey's Anatomy cast headed back to work with their first Season 9 table read yesterday (July 16), and now we can confirm on actor who will definitely be back for the premiere: Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd)!

Patrick tweeted this photo late on Monday, July 16, saying, "901 table read, and we are off!"

We didn't really think Shonda would kill off Derek, but it's still nice to know that Patrick is back to work.

This photo sadly doesn't give us many other clues, though on the far right there is someone who looks like Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) to us. We can also see that the script on the table features someone named "Amy."

Between Patrick's tweet, the new promo, and the Season 9 casting news, the new season is finally starting to feel real!

Miss Grey’s? Us too. Luckily the show will return to Thursdays at 9 p.m. with all-new episodes in the fall on ABC.

Source: Twitter

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