"I remember thinking Kyle Chandler was amazing," Pompeo said. "I wasn’t surprised his career really took off after that because he was so natural."
In fact, it was difficult for Shimes to watch Chandler go — especially since he really wanted to stay.
"He would pitch me ideas on how Dylan, his character, could maybe not explode," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I would show him the line in the script that said, 'Dylan explodes.' That’s literally all it said. He was written to explode."
Turns out, this is something she kind of regrets.
"I did not expect to have Kyle Chandler," Rhimes admitted. "I didn’t want to explode him."
"It was the highlight of Grey’s Anatomy in all of its 12 years," Horton revealed to EW. "It was a special moment when it all came together in just the right way."