It's been almost a year since Grey Sloan Memorial said goodbye to Derek Shepherd and many fans (myself included) still haven't fully recovered from the devastating loss. So when Grey's Anatomy introduced Will Thorpe as Meredith's potential new love interest, the reception has been somewhat of a mixed bag, with some who absolutely love him, while others are unsure if they're emotionally ready to meet a McDreamy replacement. And while I'm very tempted to agree with the latter of that sentiment, in the end that's not really the point. It shouldn't be about what we want. It should be about what Meredith wants and how well the two of them fit together as a possible couple — which (if successful) could impact just how long Will Thorpe will remain on Grey's Anatomy.
According to SoapShows.com, Thorpe, played by actor Scott Elrod, initially signed onto the show for a four-episode run, which will come to a close in the March 31 episode "When It Hurts So Bad." However, the report also states that there's a chance the guest arc could be extended for a longer period of time, most likely depending upon how well the character is received by the fans and fellow castmates. Suffice to say, there's a lot riding on the next two episodes, which could prove to be a major turning point for Mer's personal life. And if that is indeed the case, we need to learn to accept that.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what to make of Dr. Thorpe quite yet. I mean, on the one hand, he's extremely attractive and seems like he can be pretty charismatic when he wants to be. However, he is also coming across as a little stalker-y right now, what with the constant phone calls and then showing up outside of the hospital to ask her out. In a way, it's kind of sweet to see him put so much effort into courting her, but I'm unsure if his attractiveness is somewhat blinding me from this borderline odd behavior.
I guess what I'm trying to say here is that, in the end, I want Meredith to find happiness again. Just because she's lost the love of her life doesn't mean she should be expected to live out the rest of her days alone. She deserves romance and companionship. I'm just not quite sure if Thorpe is the right fit just yet, though, I'm very, very interested to find out. For me, it will all come down to how well they interact with each other outside of a hospital setting. This guy hasn't won me over yet, but that doesn't mean that he never will. And given that he's sticking around for at least the next two weeks, I'd say that now is his best chance. So let's just try and keep an open mind... for Meredith's sake.
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