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Grey's Anatomy season 12: Jason George on Patrick Dempsey's absence, what to expect

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Last season of Grey’s Anatomy featured the death of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital’s resident hot doc, McDreamy a.k.a. Dr. Derek Shepherd. While fans are still recovering from the loss, the TGIT staple is looking to its upcoming season to bring a “brand new” feel to the long-running drama, according to star Jason George.

“They’ve hit reboot almost. There’s a lot of things that make it feel brand new,” George — who plays Dr. Ben Warren — told People. “But it has that lightness and sense of humor that people fell in love with in the first place. And the sexy is back on. There are a lot of people who are not in couples now and are falling into bed. Everyone’s getting a little bit of loving.” 

Without Dempsey on set, the show is certainly “different,” but according to George, change is necessary – even if it takes the characters in a much sadder direction.

“People think they want everything to stay the same and everyone to be happy,” George said, “but happy people make for boring television, ultimately.”

To read more of George’s interview, head on over to People. Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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