‘Modern Family’ Co-Creator: A “Significant Character” Will Die This Season

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Modern Family fans: this is an important announcement. You’ll want to sit down, because we’re about to throw you into what will surely be an emotional roller coaster. Recently, Christopher Llyod, a co-creator of the show broke some huge news. This season, a major Modern Family character will die. Who and when? Read on to find out what we know and what fans think might happen!

The All-American, Hilarious Family

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Modern Family is one of the most successful, hilarious TV shows currently on the air, or ever. The first season began in 2009 on ABC to immediate praise and love by critics and viewers alike. Now with over 20 Emmy wins, as well as dozens of other awards, the show is cemented into the history of television. The cast, led by Sofia Vergara, Ed O’Neill, and Ty Burell, is funny and touching, all at the same time.

The show also introduced some incredible child actors who morphed into greatness, like Sara Hyland and Rico Rodriguez. But most importantly, the core of the series is about the love and struggles of every family. The creators try showing what a day in an average American family’s looks like. Yes, it’s on the nose, but it works.

However, the showrunners seem ready to truly shake up this happy, modern family. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, show co-creator Christopher Lloyd said a “significant character in the series” will die this upcoming season.

The Shocking News

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Furthermore, Lloyd said “we’re handling some bigger life events this season. We do deal with 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.”

Obviously, Lloyd and the rest of the cast and crew are keeping very tight-lipped about the event. We don’t know whether it will be a core member of the family, or rather someone on the outside. However, Lloyd promises, it will be “a moving event, and an event that has repercussions across several episodes”.

Writing off a character is certainly not a new move in the world of American television. Sometimes characters leave because it fits the story; other times the actors get replaced for personal or scheduling reasons. Either way, fans were not expecting this move, and it will certainly change the entire series moving forward.

The Future Of Modern Family

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It’s currently unknown if the series will last beyond season 10, which premieres on September 26th. Last year, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lloyd and fellow co-creator Steve Levitan stated that the 10th season would be the last. No need to fear, Modern Family fans, they said they plan to continue the story in one (or more) spin-offs! However, more recently, Lloyd and Levitan stated that they are open to doing a shorter, final 11th season of the hit sitcom.

Now, it sounds like the ball is in ABC’s court. “We need to know relatively soon because if it’s the last season we need to know it’s the last season,” Lloyd said, regarding if the tenth season would be the last.

Before we all get upset about the 11th season of the show, let’s try to handle season 10 first. We’re expecting this new season to be emotional, hilarious, and beautiful. Just like always, and just like life.