'I never imagined saying goodbye...'

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[Warning: The following contains a major spoiler from tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy.]

It’s one thing when someone flatlines on the Seattle Grace operating table. It’s quite another when Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, is sent to the morgue on Grey’s Anatomy.

On Thursday, one of the most recognizable TV characters in the world was killed on the ABC drama. In an exclusive interview with EW, Dempsey said it all happened “very quickly” and “there wasn’t a lot of discussion.”

“It was just a natural progression,” he told the magazine. “And the way everything was unfolding in a very organic way, it was like, okay! This was obviously the right time. And then it was a question of…” He trails off. “That’s a question for Shonda.”

Unfortunately, creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes did not want to talk about the shocking plot point. She did, however, release this statement to EW:

For more exclusive details about Dempsey’s shocking departure, pick up the newest issue of EW on newsstands now. Also see our Q&A with Dempsey here.

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