Deaths on television are usually reserved for the big dramas in which murder is interwoven into the story. Death isn't very amusing.
According to the series's co-creator Christopher Lloyd, the show's last season is going to take a dark turn as the family deal with the loss of a loved one.More news: Trudeau disappointed with Ford's constitutional override, but won't intervene
The hit sitcom revolves around three Los Angeles families who are interrelated through Jay Pritchett (Ed O'Neill) and his adult children, Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
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The word "significant" could mean different things to Lloyd and us.
Lloyd earlier teased to Deadline that there would be "quite a few milestones in these people's lives" in the coming tenth season as well as a Russian spy storyline. "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 amusing". Whereas we're looking at one the main cast members as a potential corpse, Lloyd could have a soft spot for Nathan Lane's Pepper or another guest star who's recurred on the show, or even someone with less of a role. That would be one hell of a way to go out.More news: David Luiz: 'I believe in Maurizio Sarri philosophy'
As if that tease wasn't tantalizing enough, there's still the open question of whether or not "Modern Family" will be renewed for an 11th season, or if it will end after its contract expires with this 10th outing. But Modern Family fans are zeroing in on the word "significant", which doesn't carry as the same weight as "major".