Derek Shepherd’s death on Grey’s Anatomy was sad, sure. But shocking? Not so much. The episodes leading up to last Thursday’s “How to Save a Life” all but told the audience, Derek is going to die. The only thing that kept viewers hopeful that the missing-in-action Derek was still alive was that he had almost died so many times before: He survived getting shot by the hospital gunman! He survived the plane crash! He couldn’t possibly die this time—could he?
Well, he could, and he did. And because Grey’s is heavy on foreshadowing, we’ve really got no excuse for being surprised. Here’s a list of all the times the show hinted at Derek’s impending doom.
Season 11, Episode 18
“Yeah … I have everything I’ve ever wanted. I am just so blessed.” —Meredith
Season 11, Episode 19
Season 11, Episode 20
Season 11, Episode 21
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