It could be a heartbreaking departure, now that "Grey's" creator Shonda Rhimes has promised fans -- and her frustrated actors -- that she is working Derek and Meredith into a stable relationship. "God, I hope so," Dempsey says with a sigh, "because it has been tiresome to play that same beat over and over again. I think (fans) got fed up with it."
To be sure, any other couple would have decided by now to split or tie the knot. "Or jumped into some therapy together," he adds. "There is a new character coming on the show to play Meredith's therapist, and I think Derek should go with her. That would be fun."
And what of a McDreamy wedding?
"I don't think they're going to get married right away as far as I know," says Dempsey. "But I don't see any harm in it."
Dempsey's own wedding was a small, intimate affair in his family's Maine farmhouse -- an approach he favors for Derek and Meredith.
Noting last season's elaborate wedding for Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Burke (Isaiah Washington), Dempsey says, "I don't think it will be a traditional wedding."
More likely, muses Dempsey, there'd be a traditional bachelor party engineered by best man Mark "McSteamy" Sloan (Eric Dane).
But, grumbles Dempsey, "He'd probably mess up the whole thing by having a bunch of strippers."