Uh oh. It looks like there's going to be a major cast shake up on Modern Family. The beloved sitcom's co-creator Christopher Lloyd revealed to Entertainment Weekly that death is coming for our favorite fictional family.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” Lloyd said when discussing season ten. “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.”
Lloyd isn't teasing fans, either. It won't be a side character who passes away next season, but rather a “significant character on the series.” The death will have a lasting impact on the characters, as well, with Lloyd saying it “will be a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”
Lloyd also spoke about whether the show will continue after season ten. Modern Family's contract with ABC ends after this season, but he remains optimistic that it will stay on the air for a little while long. “There’s goodwill on both sides to make it happen, but there’s also complicated matters that have to get worked through, and there’s a time constraint on it, because we can’t have it take too long,” he shares. “I’m hoping that that doesn’t make the whole thing go away, but I think there’s a decent chance we’ll see it happen. I hope there is."
One of the reasons Lloyd wants to see the show continue is because of what they're cooking up for season ten. "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.’ They’re in many ways such different characters than they were five or 10 years ago when we started and they’re just as interesting and just as funny," he said. "So our standpoint was, ‘Well, if we can do another season, we may as well. I’m hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldn’t make it work, we will have a great final season for sure.”
As for any hints for the upcoming season? Lloyd didn't give much away, but he did tell EW that: "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.”
Modern Family returns 10 on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Will you be tuning in?