If I cry here, will you cry with me? Because Grey's Anatomy is making us feel all the feels. (Side note: if you haven't watched Thursday's episode get out now; spoilers ahead).
On this week's episode of Grey's Anatomy, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is still going in and out of consciousness following her diagnosis with Covid-19. As she slips in and out, the doctor has been having a series of dreams on a beach, where she is reunited with old beloved characters who have since passed on the show.
Fans were completely shocked by Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) surprise return earlier this season, and now Meredith must decide if she wants to stay on the beach (her "safe place" during her recovery), which would mean an afterlife with Derek, or return to the living.
In the end, Meredith and Derek both decide she should stay on Earth with their children. But not before the most bittersweet TV moment we've ever seen. After referencing the iconic and adorable post-it note "wedding" from season 5, the two find themselves in wedding attire on the beach — Derek in a khaki suit, Meredith in a long, white dress holding a bouquet. While they never had a formal wedding, they dreamt of tying the knot on the beach. Their daughter Ellis even drew a picture of their dream wedding, which hung on their fridge in their house.
The two share a laugh as Derek jokes that Ellis gets her desire for a real wedding from his mother. Meredith then asks him what he'd like her to promise. His response? That she torture herself less. She then says that she doesn't want to leave the kids, and he agrees. As their daughter Zola begs her mom to wake up in real life, Derek tells her, "It's not your time. Our kids need you." After this, Meredith finally wakes up.
Of course, fans couldn't help but be heartbroken having to watch McDreamy walk away for a second time now. His tragic death on the show aired April 23, 2015, almost exactly six years ago to the day. If that's not a devastating twist of fate, I don't know what is. Fans took to Twitter to display their mix of emotions.