'Modern Family' season 10: Could Haley or Stella be the "significant character" getting killed off?

The ABC show's co-creator Christopher Lloyd has revealed a significant character 'will be killed off' in the upcoming season 10.


                            'Modern Family' season 10: Could Haley or Stella be the "significant character" getting killed off?

The Dunphys, the Pritchetts, and the Tucker-Pritchetts – there is a target on everyone’s back. When 'Modern Family' returns to ABC on September 26, fans are anticipating a major death and the speculations regarding who that may be, have already begun.

For the uninitiated, Christopher Lloyd, the co-creator of the mockumentary sitcom recently announced that a “significant character in the series” will die. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said,  "We’re handling some bigger life events this season. We do deal with 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.” 

Confirming that the character who is going to be killed off, will be one of the core ones, Lloyd added that there “will be a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”  Considering Jay (portrayed by Ed O’Neill) is the patriarch and the oldest member of the family, it would be easy to assume that he is one heading to the grave. It would be especially sad to see that dad of young Joe (portrayed by Jeremy Maguire) would be around to see every significant moment and achievement of his life. Not to mention the deep abyss it would send his step-son Manny (portrayed by Rico Rodriguez), who looks up to him. 

 

Jay and Stella from 'Modern Family' (Facebook)
Jay and Stella from 'Modern Family' (Facebook)

His death would be a huge blow to the entire family, especially Gloria (portrayed by Sofia Vergara) who has proved time and again that she loves him infinitely. However, the death that would truly surprise us all would be that of one of the children, and yet, that might be exactly what ‘Modern Family’ may go for.

While it makes us wonder if ‘Modern Family’ is planning to edge towards ‘This is Us’ territory, the death of Haley (portrayed by Sarah Hyland) seems like a very strong possibility at this point. Since season 9 there have been reports about Hyland’s many health scares, and it would not surprise us if she chooses to leave the show to focus on her health.  

That being said, ‘Modern Family’ cannot really move on as a comedy if it has to deal with the death of someone so young and healthy. Our guess is, the show-runners are planning to "kill off" Jays beloved Stella, and she is, of course, an integral part of the Pritchett family.  

Her death would deeply affect Jay and Joe, even though Gloria may be secretly happy about it. It would be interesting to see how the other family members react to it.