Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd recently opened up about the Frank Dunphy (Fred Willard) bittersweet death. As the series gets closer to its grand finale, fans Phil (Ty Burrell) said goodbye to the lighthearted and sociable father. Death was heartbreaking for fans, but Lloyd shed some light on why Frank met his end ahead of the series finale.
Fans bid farewell to Frank
Frank was in 14 instalments in the last 11 seasons of Modern Family. In this episode, “Legacy,” Phil’s flight to Florida after his trip ended the investigation on his father.
Phil Frank had heard of wandering around his old grocery store and feared madness had set it. Luckily, his dad was fine, and Phil ended up spending the whole day with Frank.
The father and son share a special moment when Phil cuts Frank’s hair. After Phil asks Frank if he ever regrets not having another child who can take him to the store, Frank tells him, “Well, you had taken over the family business, wouldn’t you? Keeping life light, Making it fun for everyone.
Phil then tells his father that he has learned everything from him, which prompts Frank to embrace love.
After this scene of Hardik, Phil reveals that his father died shortly after. Fans of the modern family then saw Phil talk about his father at a memorial service, the idea that people should let others know how much they appreciate him while they are still alive.
‘Modern Family’ co-producer breaks Frank’s death
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lloyd opened up about how the show’s final season decided to kill Frank.
Lloyd revealed that this was a tough decision, mainly because Frank is a modern family character he has always loved. But in the end, Frank’s death offered an opportunity to explain some of Phil’s characteristics, including why he is so mindless.
“And more important than that, it gave us a chance to take a look at exactly how Phil came to be. Phil is, in many ways, the centre of the heart of the truly dead show. But he’s a little bit of this manchild. It was an opportunity to lend some dimension. Lloyd said that Phil is not just goofy, that there is an option.
The co-creator of the modern family said that Phil learned a lot from his father about his behaviour, especially the importance of being a light in a community.
While it was heartbreaking to see Frank go, it was good to know the origins behind some of Phil’s characteristics. That said, it hurts to know that Frank won’t be around to add some comedy relief to the show — at least for now.
Is Frank really gone for good?
Although we have seen how Frank dies, Lloyd was asked about the possibility of seeing Frank through flashbacks in the final few episodes of Modern Family.
Lloyd revealed that fans might see Frank in a flashback in an upcoming episode. The series is using more and more flashbacks this season, so we can see Frank in a scene with other characters, like when Phil was a kid.
“It’s possible. Lloyd continued, through the seasons and even as we move forward, we’ve been adding flash to the episode, just as a little nostalgic layer that we put on the season Have given.
Lloyd says that they have yet to film the final few episodes of Modern Family and are still working out on how the series ended. Although fans would love to see Frank pop up one last time, Lloyd revealed that they had not shot any other scenes with him.
Luckily, Lloyd and his team are still scheduled to air things for another month before concluding.
Sarah Hyland talks ‘modern family’ ends
Speaking of Modern Family Finale, Sarah Hyland recently spoke of filming the final three episodes and revealed that her hairdresser Jessica cannot stop crying about the show’s ending.
Hyland said, “We have three episodes left to shoot.” Jessica, who does my hair, can’t stop crying. I love you, Jess! “
Hyland said the finale of Modern Family is due to premiere in late February, with the cast and crew of the time getting things wrapped up to give plenty.
Like Lloyd, Hyland has admitted that he still does not know how the modern family will end in February. She also revealed that she does not read the script ahead of time; at least there are no scenes that do not include her character.
If Hyland stays that up, he won’t know how the series ends until the finale airs on ABC next month. Hopefully, the series will do all of the characters and Frank will get to see Frank one last time before the end of the fans.
New episodes of Modern Family air Wednesday Night on ABC.
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