Modern Family will return for its tenth – and potentially final – season later this year.
Ahead of the premiere, the series' co-creator Christopher Lloyd has revealed details of an emotional plotline, and spilled on the future of the show.
"We're handling some bigger life events in this season," he says. "We do deal with a 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."
Though Christopher did not reveal whether or not it would be one of the main cast members who would be kicking the bucket, he did say it was a "significant character on the series."
He says the death will be "a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes."
Christopher also spoke of the show's upcoming contract negotiations. The show is entering the final year of its current contract, and season ten could potentially mark the end of Modern Family.
"There's goodwill on both sides to make it happen, but there's also complicated matters that have to get worked through, and there's a time constraint on it, because we can't have it take too long," he shares.
"From our standpoint creatively we've gotten excited writing this season and changing the lives of the characters — some in a significant way — and it's made us think, 'Wow, there's a lot to explore in the lives of these characters.' So our standpoint was, 'Well, if we can do another season, we may as well'. I'm hoping that we have some news on that [soon], and if it winds up that we tried and just couldn't make it work, we will have a great final season for sure."
Modern Family season ten will air in the US next month, stay tuned for more details on where to watch the new season in Australia.