'Grey's Anatomy' Signs Patrick Dempsey & Ellen Pompeo For Two More Years, End of Time

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We've talked rather recently about how Grey's Anatomy will likely long outlast all of us as well as probably the crumbling of the entire known world. Continuing along with them on that venture will be Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo, who just signed new deals to remain with the show for two more years. At this rate they will be on that show until they die of old age.

This is not to say that Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo are actually all that old, or near death (god forbid) — they're 48 and 44, respectively, which isn't exactly millennial but it's not exactly time to move to Florida or forget how to use facebook, either. Still, in the world of acting there are very, very few jobs that extend to decade-long tenures, let alone ones that go longer.

In the non-acting world, of course, people spend decades in their jobs all the time — so maybe they're just a pair of actors content with that life plan. Gotta have respect for that, especially given that Dempsey's decision to stick around came after some definite hedging on his part, or at least some chafing in that part he's been playing for so long. Here's what he said during this past fall's TCAs regarding how it feels to be playing Derek Shepherd after all these years:

But he also said this in an interview with TVLine around that same time:

And end it they will not. Sandra Oh and her Cristina Yang may be jumping ship by the end of this season, but Derek and Meredith are here to stay. Probably until they enter the retirement home and/or meet an untimely death by asteroid, and either seem plausible with Grey's.