Grey's Anatomy: Boring Without MerDer Conflict?

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Has the seventh season of Grey's Anatomy disappointed you at all?

If you think so, the lack of focus on Meredith may be one of your issues. The miscarriage, the aftermath of the shooting, the house, a baby, the relationships with Lexie and Thatcher, a big decision regarding her medical specialty ... we've seen little exploration of any.

Season Seven has, in large part, centered around Cristina Yang and Calzona. Has the show's "core" couple been relegated to the back burner? Will that change?


Does a lack of MerDer conflict make for a dull Grey's Anatomy.

In his column today, TV Guide's Matt Roush says the reason MerDer hasn't been featured as prominently lately may have to do with them being a happy couple.

Meredith's reveal of her miscarriage was anti-climactic, but the greater issue here is a lack of serious conflict. Occasional flare-ups at work, yes, but rarely at home.

Without conflict on a melodrama, there's not a lot. With the bulk of the shooting recovery arc over, perhaps Cristina will be back to normal. Then there's Calzona.

That recent conflict was built in to give Jessica Capshaw maternity leave, but may run its course soon as well. So will MerDer will return to the forefront shortly?

The upside, of course, is that the Post-It symbolizes forever. They are together for good. If they won't split up again, there's less conflict ... but it's a good thing.

Right? Can they still be interesting, albeit slightly boring? ARE they boring or is everything right with MerDer and Grey's? Leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Meredith and Derek have not been focused on at all this season. Meredith telling Derek about the miscarriage, which could have had more screen time, turned out to be something she said in passing. I know that they are "married" but SR please realize that does not make them boring! Oh without Meredith Grey's wouldn't be the same. . . love Lexie but she is not Meredith!


I am perfectly happy with MerDer being a happy married couple. They can be happily married and still have drama together. What about the fertility issues?? Let them have the McBaby and a dramatic pregnancy. They should not be put on a back burner. I would not watch Grey's without them. Love MerDer!!


Actually, I think the point here is that they are being neglected. The issue is whether or not that's a bad thing.


there are just as many people posting saying that they aren't being neglected...


Being* Sorry. :) Though I agree with anfulus. If Mer left the show I do not know if the show would be as good. I know they will survive but It won't be as exciting for me.


The reason there is so many people posting in this forum is because MerDer is beging neglected. Simple as that.


I definitely don't think the show will survive losing two of its main characters at once as anuflas said. I think this whole thing is more about how we need to see more development coming from MerDer's relationship. Personally I don't think that the show needs to revolve around them but they are the foundation of the series. We need to see how they're developing as a couple but that doesn't necessarily mean that they need to get the most airtime.


I hope meredith and Derek have a baby soon because vie been dreaming of that ever since the show started.... It would be AWESOMM!!!!


GA may be able to survive the loss of one of the three main characters but if two leave, I can see the ratings going downhill fast. The show doesn't have the structure to survive with its three golden stars going away. Lexie Grey is NOT the Grey. Without Meredith, there is no Grey. The show would have to be renamed and restructured. Good luck with that SR.


The main reason alot of people watch this show is to see Meredith and Derek have their ups and downs that's why the show was so popular in the early seasons, I definitely think there need to be mored drama in that department.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.