For a number of weeks now one of our fav sitcom comedies, Modern Family, has been teasing that a “significant character” would be killed off. And of course immediately fans of the show started freaking out that their favourite character would get the boot.
But now the speculation has ended after the details were released in Modern Family’s most recent episode, which aired over in America on October 24, and also happened to be their annual halloween instalment.
And well, since it aired people on Twitter have been absolutely SHOOK! But not for the reason you may think…
SPOILER ALERT!! Only read on if you want to find out who dies on Modern Family.
In Wednesday’s episode called ‘Good Grief’, Claire and Mitchell Pritchett’s mother and Jay Pritchett’s ex-wife Dede, played by Shelley Long, was on a trip with a group of friends when she passed away in her sleep.
Having significantly personal relationships with a number of the main characters in the show made the death of DeDe a significant moment in the storyline of the show as we saw how it affected the Pritchetts, Tuckers and Dunphy families.
“She’s directly involved with three of our characters and she touched everybody’s life in some interesting way. It seemed like the right character to put everybody through something,” said executive producer Steve Levitan to the Hollywood Reporter.
“She seemed like the right character because she so directly affects so many of our characters.”
“We’ve never seen the entire family have to deal with such a loss. It seemed like an interesting thing to have happen,” he continued.
However, fans of the show have some different thoughts about it…And they’re not really happy. In fact, most people have said that the episode was a let down, saying that Long’s character was not a significant enough character.
Calling the modern family death a “major character” was false advertising.
Jay or bust
— Jilaria (@jilaria2) October 25, 2018
#ModernFamily: We’re gonna kill off a MAJOR character this season.
Me: Goes to look up who died after all the hype.
Modern Family: We killed off a character that’s been on 7 episodes of a 10 season show.
Me: Let me define major character for you. pic.twitter.com/Q8yHQeaS2p
— Kirsten (@KirstenAcuna) October 25, 2018
bruh i was stressing about who was gonna get killed off on Modern Family and it was someone who isnt even a regular 🙃
— karen (@Karen_Maslow22) October 25, 2018
#ModernFamily has never disappointed…until tonight. The death reveal was underwhelming. It also took away from the usual shenanigans that would make the Halloween episode entertaining.
— Anne (@0107_anne) October 25, 2018
The death of a significant character was first teased by Levitan during an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in September.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” Lloyd told EW. “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 said the death would be a “significant character on the series,” and a “moving event” with ripple effects felt for several episodes.
Long’s character DeDe appeared in seven episodes in total across the 10-seasons of Modern Family.