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Grey's Anatomy: Will Derek Be in More Season 17 Episodes?

Grey's Anatomy: Don't Worry, Patrick Dempsey Will Return as Derek Shepherd This Season

GREYS ANATOMY - The Center Wont Hold  Bailey finds herself in the middle of an argument with patients families as they await news about their children who were injured in a fire. Winston surprises Maggie, and Amelia and Link try to have some fun as new parents. Teddy learns her colleagues know more than she may like about her relationship woes with Owen, and Richard and Koracick go at it during the second hour of the Greys Anatomy season 17 premiere, THURSDAY, NOV. 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC)PATRICK DEMPSEY

Grey's Anatomy returned for season 17 on Nov. 12, and included a "McDreamy" cameo from a fan-favorite character. That's right, Patrick Dempsey reprised his role as the late Derek Shepherd in an emotional scene with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). After Meredith collapses in the parking lot of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, she has a dream that she's with her late husband on the beach.

Seeing how heartbroken fans were over Derek's death in season 11, you can only imagine how ecstatic they were about his return. Well, the good news doesn't stop there. According to showrunner Krista Vernoff, we haven't seen the last of Derek this season. "We will see more of [Derek] this season," she told the Los Angeles Times. "This was not just a cameo. He will appear three more times." Although it's unclear which episodes he'll return for, Vernoff noted that his return is a "joyful" one.

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