Grey’s Anatomy: Shonda Rhimes Writing Her First Episode in Three Years
The synopsis for the installment is torturously short — "Derek witnesses a horrible car accident and springs into action to save lives" — but ABC's press release does reveal that Shonda is getting her first writing credit in three years. (Additionally, Rob Hardy is directing the episode.)
Since then, she's been busy launching Scandal and helping Pete Nowalk launch How to Get Away With Murder, but don't get it twisted: She's always been an executive producer on Grey's Anatomy, and we know she has contributed lines to many scripts since then without taking any credit.
Still, the episodes that Shonda writes herself are instant classics — the one with the bomb squad, the one with Denny (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) dying and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) quitting, the one with the multiple shootings.
Sense a theme here? Shonda's really good at writing characters' deaths. We all know Patrick is reaching the end of his Grey's residency, so we're just a wee bit anxious to see if he survives this episode.
What do you think? Is Shonda writing Derek's swan song, or is she just lending her pen to the last few episodes of the season? Give us your take in the comments below.
Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.