Bad news, Dunphy fans: One of your favorite Modern Family characters won’t be making it out of season 10 alive.
Just weeks ahead of the season premiere this month, co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly that a “significant character on the series” will die.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” he explained. “We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic that families have to deal with, and on television, it’s not easy to do because that’s a heavy subject. But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it.”
While Lloyd didn’t offer any more hints as to the identity of the character, he shared that their death “will be a moving event… that has repercussions across several episodes.”
Lloyd also said that while he hopes the long-running series will get picked up for another year, season 10 would serve as a fitting send-off.
“From our standpoint creatively we’ve gotten excited writing this season and changing the lives of the characters — some in a significant way — and it’s made us think, ‘Wow, there’s a lot to explore in the lives of these characters,’ ” he said, adding that “they’re in many ways such different characters than they were five or 10 years ago when we started.”
“So our standpoint was, ‘Well, if we can do another season, we may as well,’ ” he said, adding that “if it winds up that we tried and just couldn’t make it work, we will have a great final season for sure.”
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“Our plan is to end it at 10,” Levitan said. “If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it.”
Although Levitan admitted that the decision to wrap up the series hadn’t been set in stone, he went on to say, “I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”
Season 10 of Modern Family premieres Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. on ABC.