WARNING: MODERN FAMILY SPOILERS AHEAD.
The creators of Modern Family teased for quite some time that Pritchard clan would be dealing with tragedy this season. Speculation about who would pass away was rife. People offered theories from Jay to his beloved dog Stella. Well, the episode “Good Grief” aired on Wednesday and now we all have our answer.
The character who was killed off is DeDe Pritchett; Mitchell and Claire’s mother. DeDe was introduced in season one of the hit series and had appeared in a total of seven episodes. Her death was revealed within minutes of the episode’s start with a phone call to Claire. It was later revealed that she had a heart problem and passed quietly in her sleep after a wild trip with friends.
In an interview with EW, the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, revealed…
“We’re just trying to, at this point, put our characters through something new and interesting and challenging for us, so I think you’re right. That is one of the things that make this complicated and interesting. Whenever people have any kind of a complicated relationship with somebody, and then they die, it brings up a lot of things. So when we were talking at the beginning of the season about some different places to go, this idea came up, and we liked it. There will be, in fact, another episode that will deal with ramifications of this.”
He went on…
“This seemed like the logical choice because it so directly affects three of our main characters. It was also just a very nice send-off to the character and to Shelley Long, so it seemed like the thing to do. The idea, though, for setting it on Halloween came about because, well, I’ve always had a love for people going through something that is unexpectedly serious while in a silly costume. I’ve always just loved that sort of thing. We always do Halloween shows, and they’re a big part of this year’s series, so we thought, ‘Well, let’s try to do something that’s wildly different this Halloween.’ And since it is, strangely enough, a holiday that deals with so many themes of death and things that are scary and all that, it seemed in a strange way appropriate.”
People were pretty relieved…
I was actually relieved when I found out it was Dede. I was kind of hoping it was just going to be Larry the Cat or worst case, Stella. I'm not ready to lose any of the main cast.
Fans react to 'Modern Family' character death and Twitter isn't happy https://t.co/aBp0hjSouV
— LCarmonaP (@blackwido) October 25, 2018
Thank god it was DeDe. I was worried it would be the dog. #ModernFamily
— My Alter Ego (@missourichick4u) October 25, 2018
#ModernFamily really trolled everyone with that "significant death" I would've been more upset if Stella died.
— Lex (@alexis_olita) October 25, 2018
But honestly, most were just not having it.
Modern Family killing off DeDe is anticlimactic & feels like they hyped up an insignificant death for ratings. How boring. I was convinced it was going to be Dylan.
— 🌸 w.e. makes u happy 🌸 (@tayy415) October 25, 2018
After much anticipation of a character getting killed off, "Modern Family" revealed it was DeDe, Jay's ex and Mitchell and Claire's mom.
Not exactly J.R. getting shot, now was it?
— Alex Kaseberg (@AlexKaseberg) October 25, 2018
— Bam Bams BBQ (@BamBamsBBQ) October 25, 2018
#ModernFamily anybody else give a damn that Dede died? No? Me either.
— LadyAnna27 (@bananamania27) October 25, 2018
But there were those who were hit right in the feels by DeDe’s death.
Awww! Listening to Dede’s voice on Claire’s voicemail. 💔😭 #ModernFamily
— Elsa❤️🇺🇸💚🐕💜🦋💛🇵🇷💙 (@Elsa050467) October 25, 2018
— What a story, Mark (@WhatAStoryMark2) October 25, 2018
Omg modern family. 😭😭 this is the first time I cried watching this series 😭😭😭
RIP Dede 🙌🏻 #ModernFamily
— Syarifah (@farahhfatihaa) October 25, 2018
RIP DeDe Pritchett.