ABC just released a passel of promos for the upcoming season of Roseanne and they all feature Dan! And no, he’s not a zombie though that would have been one way to go. Dan Conner, played by John Goodman, is alive and well and parked on that disaster of a couch, despite the fact that he was killed off in the 1997 series finale. And in true Roseanne fashion, Roseanne’s tongue is all up in her cheek in the promo that kind of sort of acknowledges Dan’s passing.
Here’s Dan, Roseanne and Original Recipe Becky chopping it up.
She could be talking about Dan coming back to life or she could just be referring to the absurdity of the Conners being back in prime time. Either way, I’ll take it. Although it was previously speculated that the show would simply pretend that finale never happened, Entertainment Weekly reports that they might actually touch on it.
According to EW:
“I don’t want to talk too specifically, but I wouldn’t say we’ll ignore the events of the finale,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey had said. “Dan is definitely still alive.”
Well there goes my Schrodinger’s Dan theory. I thought there might be multiple dimensions involved. So Dan’s definitely alive, but is he quite himself? Another promo touches on Dan’s brain health after having played football for so long.
Could be a one off joke or they could make Dan actually brain damaged. I wouldn’t put anything past Roseanne.