Longtime fans of Grey's Anatomy were truly taken by surprise during Thursday night's premiere of season 17, when Meredith and Derek were reunited again in a shocking dream sequence. Derek Shepherd, played by Patrick Dempsey, had previously passed away due to a severe car accident in an April 2015 episode, devastating both Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and fans. If you couldn't get enough of the emotional season premiere, luckily, Pompeo and Dempsey just shared behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot in Malibu, CA.
On Nov. 13, the actors both posted an adorable Instagram selfie of the two, as well as a photo of them hugging while wearing face masks on the gorgeous beach, reminding fans to wear a mask. "Let's love, let's heal, let's wear a mask . . . ❤️," Pompeo captioned her Instagram. Dempsey echoed her sentiment, writing, "Please let's come together, respect each other, wear a mask, and thank our first responders. They work tirelessly and risk their lives to keep us safe." Showrunner Krista Vernoff had also shared additional sweet photos of the two filming their scenes.
Luckily, this isn't the last we'll be seeing of Meredith and McDreamy in the upcoming season. Vernoff revealed to the Los Angeles Times that Dempsey is scheduled to appear three more times. Get a closer look at the pair's behind-the-scenes photos above, and prepare to be in your feels.