Well there goes my theory of it being a case of "mistaken indentity" with the burn victim. Unless the person's body was burned beyond recognition, it's hard to not to know whether or not that's your husband laying in a hospital bed! I got the sides mixed up. The scene that Meredith is in says nothing about burns. I thought maybe the burn victim somehow ended up with Derek's ID or something. This kind of changes that...ugh!!
As for the scenes on the ferry, I just can't see why in the world ABC would spring for a location shoot in Seattle on a ferry boat, just for a few scenes at the very beginning of the episode. That's wasting money and can't you "green screen" scenes like this??? I just think the ferry boat scenes have to be more meaningful than that. Also, maybe I am wrong to think this way but, if PD was leaving and being killed off, and those ferry boat scenes were his last, I just cannot see him "rubbing it in" to the fans faces by posting about it on Twitter like he did. If he did it knowing he is leaving and being killed off then so much for what HE thinks of the fans too! I just don't think he's like that!
He knows we have been invested for 10 years. Same goes for the scene with Meredith where she goes to the hospital after he is supposedly injured. He posted that day too when they were filming that scene and said something about EP being in love at her work. I just can't see him making light of Derek dying like that knowing how it would hurt the fans! I still stand by my opinion that those ferry boat scenes at the end may clue the audience into the fact that Derek IS alive, although Meredith may not know it. That accomplishes a couple of things.
1. It gets the fans off the ledge of "OMG Derek is going to die or "OMG is Derek going to die" because those freak outs are EVERYWHERE 2. To possibly "where is Derek going" or "Okay, Derek is alive but when will Meredith find out?" See that still provides ABC with something to promote, hashtag, etc! But at least the fans are off the ledge and still watching to see when he returns. Once we know he lives they can do these things to keep us watching to see what happens next. But if I even THINK he's dead then I am done! Shonda won't string me along for the rest of the season like a puppet!
I think PD sometimes says things or words things unintetntionally without thinking about how it sounds or comes out. When he said he can concenttrate on racing for the rest of the year, I took it to mean the "Grey's year" the rest of the filming season. Not literally the rest of the year or even the rest of the racing year (November). I took it to mean he would not return to Grey's in July.
Since Shonda is the creator and where "the buck ultimately stops" I would think she would do a lot of re-writes in general. If something does not jive with the way she wants it to go then she has the authority to re-write it. She has said this before and I have always assumed this to be the case.
I took it that it would be. It better be solved with the resolution that he is very much alive if they want a lot of the fans to continue watching! I will not be stringed along because I am not her puppet!
The more I read the sides for 11X22 it really sounds AU or dream-like or something.
I can believe that PD and EP have it written in their contracts that they will appear less in season 12. Maybe that was part of the agreement.
I can't find it right now but I am almost sure that PD went public after that article appeared and said that he would not leave Grey's early. He would finish out his contract at least.