Oh they’re all smiling now. But just wait until one of them gets a script that’s only two pages long and a note for makeup that reads: “Corpse-y, but not like, ghoulish.”
Modern Family is rumored to be ending after its tenth or possibly eleventh season. Show creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd said at the beginning of this year that they’d like the show to leave on a huge ratings-grabbing high note, like a birth, a death, or a wedding. I was hoping the show would end with Haley Dunphy reuniting with her older, denim-slinging dirtbag boyfriend Kenny and getting married in matching jean outfits. But it looks like they’re going with a death, and it’s going to happen sooner than at the end of the series.
Christopher Lloyd tells Entertainment Weekly that sometime in the first half of the tenth season, premiering September 26th, a “significant character” from the show is going to die. Christopher wouldn’t say who, or if they’re a main member of one of the families, just that it would be a significant character. He would also say that the death would be a “moving event” and would be explored across several episodes.
“There is a significant change in the dynamics of the family that people maybe thought was going to happen at some point down the line that is happening sooner than expected.
We’re handling some bigger life events in this season. 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.”
Modern Family is usually pretty light, and it’s a sitcom on ABC, so I can’t picture the show ending with one of the kids dying in some horrific, HBO-ian way. The safe choice might be Jay Pritchett (played by Ed O’Neill), because he’s the oldest. And the obvious comedy writing joke would be that he dies of a heart attack during sex with Gloria (Sofia Vergara). But the fact that Christopher Lloyd said the death would span over several episodes leads me to believe the character who dies is Nathan Lane’s diva in several scarves Pepper Saltzman. You know Pepper would make sure his death and subsequent funeral would be nothing less than a weeks-long affair.