Why Modern Family's Big Death Was a Major Letdown

Show co-creator Steve Levitan said the show killed off DeDe Pritchett because they're looking to

Fans of the U.S. sitcom - which airs on Sky1 here - had been playing a guessing game ever since September, when co-creator Christopher Lloyd teased that a "significant" character would pass away. It occurred to us that death is a giant part of the family experience and while Phil had lost his mother run a previous episode, we've never seen the entire family have to deal with such loss.

In the first few minutes of the Halloween-themed episode, Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) received a call from her stepfather to inform her that her mother, DeDe Pritchett (Shelley Long), had passed away.

As for how DeDe dies.it was rather anticlimactic.in her sleep during a trip to Greenland.

Show co-creator Christopher Lloyd, 57, revealed last month that season 10 will deal with the death of one of the main characters of the long-running ABC series. "It seemed like an interesting thing to have happen", Levitan said. The death of Dede was a way for Levitan and the show to start wrapping up if Season 10 is indeed the end of the show.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show's other co-creator Steve Levitan explained that they killed off DeDe because they wanted to "put our characters through something new and interesting and challenging" and because the death "directly affects three of our characters".

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Warning: This story contains spoilers from Wednesday night's episode of Modern Family, titled "Good Grief".

Really. It does, we swear.

Fans of the show took to Twitter to discuss the death of DeDe, with some upset at the suspense from the writers claiming to kill off a "significant character".

Meanwhile, Alex had a more out of character (and kind of surprising) reaction to the news - what, you didn't think we were going to spoil that, did you? "But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it".

We will definitely see how the characters deal with this big news throughout the season.

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