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'Modern Family' killed off that 'significant' character last night. And it was …

Emily Yahr Style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment October 25 at 1:39 AM Do not worry – Stella the…

Do not worry – Stella the dog is safe! a big concern last month, when the “Modern Family” co-creator said in a interview that a “significant” character would die this season, an unusually serious story for the hit ABC sitcom. Immediately, viewers began speculating about the fate of Stella, known as Patriarch Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) beloved French bulldog.

But Wednesday night, the show made the reveal: At the top of the episode, everyone found out that DeDe (Shelley Long), Jay’s ex-wife and Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) mother, passed away.

Long appeared in seven episodes over nine seasons, so “significant” may have been a stretch. creator Steve Levitan told Entertainment Weekly he was a bit worried that the producers “overpromised” the plot twist.

“Maybe [viewers will] be pleasantly surprised that it was not one of our regular people, but I hope we don ‘ I’m sorry, as strange as that sounds, or that they were gearing up for more and say, ‘Oh, is that all?’ “Levitan said.” But it’s significant to us. She’s a very significant character in so many of our characters’ lives that it’s still meaningful. “

At first, DeDe’s death is very mysterious; Alle familiemedlemmer vet at hun var på ferie med sin kvinders gruppe i Grønland.

  • Claire, dressed as a spider, and Mitchell, dressed as Prince Harry, reflected on the relationships they had with the grief. their mother. Mitchell’s was fairly peaceful; Claire’s was much more contentious. At first, Claire felt guilty that their last conversation was a fight, after DeDe wrote a crazy Facebook post that claimed that putting eucalyptus oils on the soles of your feet is a natural birth control. Then, Claire realized DeDe left her a voicemail after their argument. “Hey honey, it’s Mom,” the message began. “I just want to apologize. I should not have lost my temper. Shaman Phoenix Feather’s family planning advice may not be for everyone. “If Claire started to cry, her mother’s voice was piped up again, criticizing her hair. And Claire quickly ended the message.
  • Phil (Ty Burrell), dressed as a fly, and Cam (Eric Stonestreet), dressed as Meghan Markle, fretted about how to help their respective partners.
  • Gloria (Sofia Vergara), as Jay’s second wife, was DeDe’s nemesis. Så hun var bekymret for at De ville haunt henne fra graven, som ikke var urimeligt, fordi det var det Dede lovede på Gloria og Jay’s bryllup. She kept finding tiny statues of DeDe everywhere, and she was terrified.
  • Haley (Sarah Hyland) indulged in food; Luke (Nolan Gould) cracked inappropriate jokes; Alex (Ariel Winter) invited her boyfriend and one thing led to another … and then she freaked out about what said about her grief process.
  • Jay spent most of the episode determined to find out who stole his sandwich from the refrigerator.
  • Twelve-year-old Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) admitted she chairs Jay’s sandwich, and that she puts the DeD statues all over the place: “What would Nana like today? She would want me to mess with Gloria. “

Sofia Vergara fears she’s being haunted on” Modern Family. “(Tony Rivetti / ABC)

At the end, they all found out how they passed away in Greenland: Even Phil read an email from DeDe’s widower: “On the trip’s final morning, Dede was found in her room. She had apparently passed peacefully in her sleep, as a smile graced her face and her hands clutched 10 pages of suggestions for the hotel staff. “

” That is so Mom, “Claire said.

Anyway, Levitan said the DeDe story will continue to play out, especially as all the characters learn what she left for them before she died. In de tussentijd, ABC en de mede-creators zijn mulling de toekomst van de populaire comedy-serie, die onlangs op zijn 10e seizoen is afgesloten en een enorme hoeveelheid geld in syndicatie maakt. Deadline reported that ABC and the production company, 20th Century Fox TV, are toying with the idea of ​​a shortened 11th season before the end of the show.

“There’s definitely interest from the studio and network, and we’re all Trying to figure out if that’s what we want to do. There’s a general desire from just about everybody involved to not say goodbye yet, “Levitan told the Hollywood Reporter, declining to give details.” There are a few hurdles that have to be climbed. We’ll see if it all comes together. “

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