Warning: Do not proceed if you have not watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
“You ever have that dream? A miracle dream?” Riggs asks Meredith.
“I’d roll over in bed and there she was, asking me to go make coffee. So real,” Riggs continues, referencing his former love, Megan Hunt, who disappeared during a helicopter rescue. “And then I’d wake up.”
When Riggs asks Meredith if she ever thinks about something she knows will never happen, she adamantly denies ever having a “miracle dream” and leaves the scrub room.
“He knocks at the door,” admits Meredith, referring to her one true love, Derek, affectionately known as McDreamy. “Says he forgot his keys and says he’s sorry for being gone so long.”
Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes, who was live-tweeting the episode, echoed MerDer fans’ sentiments following the heartbreaking moment.
"Derek Shepherd is and will always be an incredibly important character -- for Meredith, for me and for the fans. I absolutely never imagined saying goodbye to our 'McDreamy,'" Rhimes said in a statement at the time. "Patrick Dempsey's performance shaped Derek in a way that I know we both hope became a meaningful example -- happy, sad, romantic, painful and always true -- of what young women should demand from modern love. His loss will be felt by all.”