'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Freak Out Over Surprise Return

*Caution: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched the two-hour season 17 premiere of Grey’s Anatomy.

Grey’s Anatomy threw a truly shocking curveball in the final moments of the Season 17 premiere, and many fans were not prepared.

The final seconds of the two-hour, coronavirus-driven episode provided the shocking return of a beloved character — Patrick Dempsey’s Derek Shepherd, a.k.a. McDreamy. 

In the closing moments of the episode, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) falls unconscious and viewers are transported into her dreamscape, which happens to be a sunny, brightly lit beach where she’s joined by McDreamy — who tragically died as a result of a horrifying car accident in Season 11.

Needless to say, the return of the dead doc — even in the context of a dream sequence — left a lot of fans stunned, crying, freaking out, or some combination of the three.

DEREK SHEPHERD IS BACK! I REPEAT DEREK SHEPHERD IS BACK! #GreysAnatomypic.twitter.com/V2Hus9i5qE

Oh. My. God. THE BEACH!!!! 😱 #GreysAnatomy

MY HEART DROPPED IM SHAKING #GreysAnatomy

Did #GreysAnatomy just break the internet!?? That was… 😮

Guys im crying #GreysAnatomypic.twitter.com/zJyoK5gr2o

DEREK? DEREK SHEPHERD IN MY 2020 GREYS ANATOMY??? pic.twitter.com/uXnMKZknPG

DEREK? DEREK SHEPHERD IN MY 2020 GREYS ANATOMY??? pic.twitter.com/uXnMKZknPG

my face after seeing derek freaking shepherd OUR MCDREAMY on the new grey’s anatomy episode 😭 pic.twitter.com/MSAB4Px1Y8

a whole hour and a half later since the episode ended and i haven’t stopped thinking abt everything that just happened in greys ESPECIALLY THE ENDING #GreysAnatomy  @GreysABCpic.twitter.com/u0Lq6bxIKk

I haven’t even watched the new grey’s anatomy episode yet, but I’m already screaming pic.twitter.com/nzWP3yBeYj

Shonda Rhimes, the show’s original creator, also checked in on Twitter to see how fans appreciated the shocking return.

“Thought I would check in on twitter to see if you enjoyed the dreamy gift @KristaVernoff &  @EllenPompeo gave to brighten up your 2020,” she wrote.

Thought I would check in on twitter to see if you enjoyed the dreamy gift @KristaVernoff & @EllenPompeo gave to brighten up your 2020… 😘#GreysAnatomy

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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