Welcome to Shondaland, where the romances always burn white-hot and usually end in tragedy.
Over the last 17 seasons, Grey's Anatomy has delivered more than its fair share of epic romances involving a rotating roster of unbelievably attractive doctors and, at times, their equally impressive patients. It is a glossy nighttime soap, after all. That's what they do.
And no one does it better than Grey's.
From Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) life-altering—for us, as much for her—romance with Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) to Izzie's (Katherine Heigl) ill-fated love affair with Denny Duquette (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and all that have followed, Shonda Rhimes and her team have never failed in their quest to make us swoon week after week, usually as we're full-on sobbing.
And season 17 was no exception, with a couple fan favorite duos finding happy endings, cough Owen (Kevin McKidd) and Teddy (Kim Raver) cough. Of course, not all of the pairings could work out, as Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) found herself splitting from Link (Chris Carmack) after a surprising proposal.
With the show's return just around the corner, we thought it was as good a time as any to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about all the epic-ness the show has delivered up to now. It's good to remember the good times, right?
Now, you'll notice that not every couple ever is in here. That's because not all of them really rank as "epic" in our eyes—or because some are only just getting started. So, spare us your angry tweets. Please.
Grey's Anatomy season 18 premieres Thursday, Sept. 30 on ABC.
(A version of this story originally published on Nov. 1, 2018 at 3 a.m. PST.)