Leading lady Ellen Pompeo is proving that even after eleven seasons, and the shocking death of McDreamy, Grey's Anatomy is hotter than ever.
The stars of Shonda Rhimes' hit ABC shows took over four collector's edition covers of the Sept. 11 issue of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, but none of the others hold a candle to Pompeo's sultry shoot.
Dressed in only a white lab coat, a stethoscope, and red patent leather pumps, the Grey's gal is single and sensational with some strategically crossed body parts.
After last season's shocking decision to kill off Patrick Dempseyfrom the show, Pompeo finally addresses the "sexist" response that some fans had to McDreamy's death. "All of a sudden, Patrick [Dempsey] leaves, and it’s like, 'Oh my God, Meredith’s gonna get killed with Alzheimer’s! The show couldn’t possibly go on without the man!'" she told the magazine.
Back in August, Rhimes revealed the reason behind the show's decision to kill off Derek. " "What were the options? Either Der was going to walk out on Mer and leave her high and dry, and what was that going to mean?" the Grey's showrunner said at the summer TCA press tour. "That would suggest the love wasn't true, the thing we had said for 11 years was a lie."
"Meredith and Derek's love had to remain Meredith and Derek's love," Rhimes further explained. "As painful as it was for me as a storyteller, the only way to preserve what felt true to me was Derek was going to have to die for that love to remain honest."
So what's next for Meredith in season 12 now that she's flying solo? "We do have this world in which Meredith is single, and she is living this life that she hadn't thought she was going to be living again," Rhimes teased.
Grey's Anatomy premieres Thursday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m.ET/PT on ABC.