Why Meredith & Derek's Relationship Wouldn't Work in 2018
"That is probably not a story we would tell on the show today."
Grey's Anatomy Showrunner Talks MerDer Relationship After #MeToo and Time's Up
Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) might have been Grey's Anatomy's golden couple back in 2005, but have you ever wondered how their relationship would fair out in 2018?
Hint: The answer is not well.
We used to get butterflies when Derek tried to get with Meredith back in the day. But in recent rewatches of the first season, it all sort of feels sleazy when it comes to Derek's courtship of Meredith.
In a recent interview with Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, we get a clear answer of how the MerDer relationship would play out differently in light of the #MeToo Movement and Time's Up.
Why Meredith and Derek Wouldn't Work
Now, Meredith and Derek's relationship is iconic. We're talking candle house and jump-in-front-of-a-shooter levels of epic. However, it's the beginning of the relationship that certainly didn't age well and it certainly wouldn't play out like it did if the series premiered today.
Why? Power dynamics.
"If you look at, for example, Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd through the lens of Time's Up and #MeToo, he was her boss, she was an intern, and she kept saying, ‘No, walk away from me,' and he kept pursuing her," Vernoff said. "And that is probably not a story we would tell on the show today, and it's a rare beautiful reflection of the changing times."
We totally agree.
A New Beginning...for Meredith and DeLuca
While Grey's Anatomy obviously can't go back in time to change the beginnings of MerDer, Vernoff reveals that they're handling a similar storyline in a different way, one that would be more fitting for today's standards.
Vernoff explains that in season 15, there's "a little bit of a reversal" with Meredith and Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), as he is the resident and she's the attending.
That being said, a role reversal isn't the only thing that needs to be changed to make it appropriate.
"We're having to address it differently than we ever would have before," Vernoff said. "We're having to talk about and look at power dynamics. It is an ongoing conversation in the writers room. How do we tell that story in a way that feels honest and romantic and sexy and yet proactive and progressive?"
Do you like where the Meredith and DeLuca storyline is going?