‘Modern Family’ boss says a 'significant character' will die this season

Say a prayer for the Pritchett/Dunphy clan in season 10 of Modern Family. The beloved ABC comedy will be experiencing some tragedy this year, as co-creator Christopher Lloyd reveals that a “significant character in the series” will die. 

"We’re handling some bigger life events this season,” Lloyd tells Entertainment Weekly. "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.”

Lloyd would not confirm whether the deceased character is one of the family’s core members, but he did call the death, "a moving event -- and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”

Modern Family boasts a star-studded cast, including Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould.

It’s unclear whether season 10 will be the show’s final season, but Lloyd hopes to continue the award-winning series. 

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: The cast attend the FYC Event For ABC's 'Modern Family' at Avalon on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: The cast attend the FYC Event For ABC's 'Modern Family' at Avalon on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: The Cast of Modern Family along with show runners attend ABC Celebrates The 200th Episode Of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: (L-R) Nolan Gould, Steven Levitan, Ariel Winter, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell attend the 'Modern Family' ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 3, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Actress Julie Bowen and actor Ty Burrell attend the 'Modern Family' ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 3, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family' cast members Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) talk about their favorite scenes from Season 9 of the show with show co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, at an FYC event held Monday (April 16) at the Avalon Hollywood, hosted by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) SARAH HYLAND
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family' cast members Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) talk about their favorite scenes from Season 9 of the show with show co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, at an FYC event held Monday (April 16) at the Avalon Hollywood, hosted by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) JULIE BOWEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: 'Modern Family' cast and crew Nolan Gould, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland and writer/producer Steven Levitan pose in the NBC/People photo booth during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Larry Busacca/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Actors Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, and Ed O'Neill, winners of Ouststanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family' pose in the press room at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Steve Levitan (C) and cast and crew of 'Modern Family' appear onstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Producer Steve Levitan (C) and cast and crew of 'Modern Family' appear onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Cast and crew on set during filming for the American sitcom 'Modern Family' on location near the Park Hyatt hotel in The Rocks, on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Craig Greenhill/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Sarah Hyland poses at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The cast from the popular television program are in Australia filming their Australian vacation episode. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Nicholas Loeb and Sofa Vergara arrive at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The cast from the popular television program are in Australia filming their Australian vacation episode. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: The cast of 'Modern Family' on stage at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)
The cast of 'Modern Family,' winner of the Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series award, poses in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: The cast of 'Modern Family' attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Actors Sarah Hyland, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Julie Bowen and Ed O'Neill, winners of Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family,' pose in the press room at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actress Sofia Vergara (2nd-R) and the cast of 'Modern Family' pose in the press room after winning Outstanding Comedy on September 22, 2013 during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 included the cast of ABC's 'Modern Family' and musical guest Korn. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, ERIC STONESTREET, ED O'NEILL, SOFIA VERGARA, TY BURRELL, JULIE BOWEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: The cast of 'Modern Family' onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actors Ariel Winter, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Nolan Gould, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Sarah Hyland of the cast of 'Modern Family,' winners of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award, pose in the press room during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- Guests: The Cast of Modern Family -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James Lipton, Eric Stonestreet (Photo by Anthony Behar/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- Guests: The Cast of Modern Family -- Pictured: (l-r) Ed O'Neill, James Lipton, Sofia Vergara (Photo by Anthony Behar/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Cast & Crew of 'Modern Family' accept the Outstanding Comedy Series award onstage at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Cast and crew of 'Modern Family', winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series Award pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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"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 says of a possible 11th season. "I’m hoping that that doesn’t make the whole thing go away, but I think there’s a decent chance we’ll see it happen. I hope there is.”

As for a season 10 teaser, Lloyd notes, "There is a significant change in the dynamics of the family that people maybe thought was going to happen at some point down the line that is happening sooner than expected.”

To find out what happens, tune into the premiere of Modern Family on Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actors Sarah Hyland (L) and Eric Stonestreet attend the ABC celebration of the 200th episode of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actors Sarah Hyland (L) and Eric Stonestreet attend the ABC celebration of the 200th episode of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family celebrates its milestone 200th episode Celebration. (Richard Cartwright via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, JEREMY MAGUIRE, ARIEL WINTER, STEVE LEVITAN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), RICO RODRIGUEZ, AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS, NOLAN GOULD, ED O'NEILL, TY BURREL, SOFIA VERGARA, JULIE BOWEN, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), SARAH HYLAND, ERIC STONESTREET
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland attend ABC Celebrates The 200th Episode Of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Jeremy Maguire, Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, creator Steven Levitan, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Christopher Lloyd, Eric Stonestreet and Sarah Hyland attend at ABC Celebrates The 200th Episode Of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actors Jeremy Maguire, Ariel Winter and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons attend the ABC celebration of the 200th episode of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actors Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and Jeremy Maguire attend the ABC celebration of the 200th episode of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Sarah Hyland attends the ABC celebration of the 200th episode of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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