Entertainment TV A 'Significant Character' on 'Modern Family' Will Die This Season — Here's Who It Could Be Check out five characters on the hit ABC sitcom who could kick the bucket in season 10 By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 26, 2018 02:38 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 06 MODERN FUNERAL Eric McCandless/ABC/Getty Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that a "significant character" on the ABC comedy series will die this season. “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.” Who could it be? Here are the 5 best bests. 02 of 06 DEDE PRITCHETT (Shelley Long) Eric McCandless/ABC/Getty A "significant character" whose death will be "a moving event" and whose absense will have "repercussions across several episodes?" Assuming Modern Family wouldn't cut one of its core characters, that would mean extended family could have the most to lose. DeDe is probably the most at risk. The ex-wife of Jay (Ed O'Neill) and mother of Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), she has the biggest ties to key players on the show without being a main character herself — having recurred on the show for all nine seasons. Would Jay start worrying about his own mortality and regretting their often tense relationship? How would Claire and Mitchell handle losing their mom, especially seeing as both are parents of their own? And what effect would the loss have on her grandkids? 03 of 06 FRANK DUNPHY (Fred Willard) Adam Taylor/ABC/Getty Similar to DeDe, the death of Frank would be devistating for his son, Phil (Ty Burrell), since the two of them are tight as could be. It could bond Phil closer to Jay, though, giving him that father/son bond he's always wanted. And it would give Phil's three kids — Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould) — arcs of their own. 04 of 06 JAVIER DELGADO (Benjamin Bratt) Randy Holmes/ABC/Getty And while we're talking parents, how about Javier — the biological father of Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and ex-husband of Gloria (Sofía Vergara)? He's hasn't been the best father to Manny, and his death could put the teenager — who graduated high school this past year — in a place to tackle some tough emotions. Plus, how would Gloria react? 05 of 06 ANDY BAILEY (Adam DeVine) Ron Tom/ABC/Getty He's the first man that Hayley (Sarah Hyland) ever loved. And though she and Andy are no longer together — with him accepting a new job iand moving to Utah — killing off his character would give Hayley a heavy dose of reality. 06 of 06 STELLA Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC/Getty Killing off the Jay's dog would be cold. But hey, even French Bulldogs are at risk! Still, Jesse Tyler Ferguson insists that the victim is a human.