After the long-running ABC medical drama kicked off season 17 final month with Patrick Dempsey‘s beautiful return as Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, it wasn’t completed with the surprises. On the Thursday, Dec. three episode, T.R. Knight was again as Meredith’s close pal George O’Malley, who died within the season 5 finale that ran in 2009.
In a Deadline interview that revealed after this week’s episode aired, Knight joined showrunner and government producer Krista Vernoff to clarify how the episode got here to be.
Because it seems, George was the primary character that Vernoff considered to go to Meredith in dream sequences as she battles COVID-19. The producer defined that the idea got here to her as she herself was strolling on the seaside, and she or he might image “Meredith strolling along with her toes within the water with George.”
She continued, “That was the primary picture that got here to me, and the enjoyment that stuffed me up when it got here, I consider, is translated on display, and I consider we’ve got given many thousands and thousands of followers that second of pure pleasure. Proper now in our lives, on this pandemic, pure pleasure is uncommon, and so I am so grateful to T.R. for coming and taking part in, and providing that to everybody, as a result of I feel it is significant.”
Vernoff then offered the thought to Pompeo, who was instantly excited and prompt that the present carry again Dempsey as effectively.
“Ellen and T.R. are shut, and George and T.R. have been each all the time favorites of mine, and so he was my first concept of, as a fan, who do I need to see once more?” Vernoff defined. “I wished to see George, in order that’s the place it began.”
For his half, Knight stated he was “nonetheless attempting to place into phrases how profound the expertise was for me,” and that he missed not solely his character but additionally the individuals he used to work with on the present.