Sarah Hyland’s sweet tribute to departed ‘Modern Family’ castmate spoils death episode for some fans (Photo)

SUPER-SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you didn’t watch this week’s episode of “Modern Family.” Seriously, don’t do it — and don’t say that we didn’t warn you.

We get it, Sarah Hyland; sometimes the road to social-media criticism is paved with good intentions.

“Modern Family” star Hyland paid sweet tribute to a castmate whose character was killed off on Wednesday’s episode of the ABC sitcom — and in the process angered some fans who hadn’t yet seen the much-anticipated death episode.

In an Instagram post Thursday, Hyland posted a photo of herself and Ariel Winter, along with (seriously — last warning!) Shelley Long, whose DeDe Pritchett character was sent off into the afterlife on Wednesday’s episode.

“We’ll always love you grandma,” Hyland wrote in the caption for the photo. “So blessed to have worked with such an iconic woman like Shelley Long.”

A beautiful sentiment, too be sure. Unfortunately, in this age of delayed viewing, it was a “too soon” moment for some fans, who made as much known in the comments section.

“Spoiler alert!” one comment read.

“Rrrrrrh @sarahhyland in french [sic] we dont know, we can’t watching [sic] at the same time. You spoil me ! This is not cool!!!” a particularly disappointed response read.

“You should’ve waited a few more days omfg spoiler alert,” another fan advised.

“Damn it Sarah! Haven’t watched already!” rang out another voice in the chorus rang out.

“Thanks for that spoiler…,” came another response.

“Wow couldn’t put a spoiler warning on this post?!? Unbelievable,” read another complaint.

“What. The. F—. Why would you post this today!?! I’ve been dodging any conversation all day so i could watch and find out for myself,” read another response. “No point of watching now.”

To be fair, other responders came to Hyland’s defense.

“Then stay off Modern Family casts’ social media!!!! Pretty simple,” one commenter suggested.

“How is this a spoiler when the episode aired yesterday? If you haven’t watched it yet that’s not Sarah’s fault,” another pro-Hyland commenter weighed in. “Of course it’s going to be in the entertainment news and all over social media so if you happen to see it don’t blame her.”

In Wednesday’s episode “Good Grief,” the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan leared at the top of the Halloween-themed episode that Claire and Mitchell’s mother Dede (Shelley Long) — Jay’s ex-wife — had passed away.

Clearly, some fans were still learning as much on Thursday.

See Hyland’s spoilery tribute below.

Read original story Sarah Hyland’s Sweet Tribute to Departed ‘Modern Family’ Castmate Spoils Death Episode for Some Fans (Photo) At TheWrap

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MODERN FAMILY - 'Mother!' - When Dede drops in unexpectedly, Mitchell and Cam come to a realization about her effect on their lives; Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley all have different bad news to break to Claire and compete about when to do it, the tiny window of time after her monthly spa day when she's her most relaxed, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'Mother!' - When Dede drops in unexpectedly, Mitchell and Cam come to a realization about her effect on their lives; Phil, Luke, Alex and Haley all have different bad news to break to Claire and compete about when to do it, the tiny window of time after her monthly spa day when she's her most relaxed, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-9:31 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) SARAH HYLAND, SHELLEY LONG, ARIEL WINTER
MODERN FAMILY - 'Arrested' - Phil and Claire get the dreaded late night call that Haley has been arrested for under-aged drinking, so they bring Mitchell, the family lawyer, in tow to the police station. Cameron stays back to watch over Alex and Luke, but they get into some crazy mishaps under his care. Meanwhile, Jay gets out of baby shopping with Gloria, but ends up having to deal with a surprise visit from Dede, and tries to scoot her out before Gloria gets home to prevent Dede from seeing that she's pregnant and to avoid the potential blowback, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Peter 'Hopper' Stone ABC/ via Getty Images) SHELLEY LONG, SOFIA VERGARA
MODERN FAMILY - 'Arrested' - Phil and Claire get the dreaded late night call that Haley has been arrested for under-aged drinking, so they bring Mitchell, the family lawyer, in tow to the police station. Cameron stays back to watch over Alex and Luke, but they get into some crazy mishaps under his care. Meanwhile, Jay gets out of baby shopping with Gloria, but ends up having to deal with a surprise visit from Dede, and tries to scoot her out before Gloria gets home to prevent Dede from seeing that she's pregnant and to avoid the potential blowback, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Peter 'Hopper' Stone/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'Princess Party' - The guest list for Lily's princess-themed birthday party gets a little out of hand when Mitchell decides to invite mom, much to Claire's dismay, and disinvite Fizbo, much to Cameron's dismay. Things get even more strange when Dede (guest star Shelley Long) shows up with Claire's old high school boyfriend (guest star Matt Dillon) in tow, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Peter 'Hopper' Stone/ABC via Getty Images)ED O'NEILL, SHELLEY LONG, TY BURRELL, SOFIA VERGARA
MODERN FAMILY - 'Princess Party' - The guest list for Lily's princess-themed birthday party gets a little out of hand when Mitchell decides to invite mom, much to Claire's dismay, and disinvite Fizbo, much to Cameron's dismay. Things get even more strange when Dede (guest star Shelley Long) shows up with Claire's old high school boyfriend (guest star Matt Dillon) in tow, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Peter 'Hopper' Stone/ABC via Getty Images)SHELLEY LONG, ED O'NEILL
MODERN FAMILY - 'Princess Party' - The guest list for Lily's princess-themed birthday party gets a little out of hand when Mitchell decides to invite mom, much to Claire's dismay, and disinvite Fizbo, much to Cameron's dismay. Things get even more strange when Dede (guest star Shelley Long) shows up with Claire's old high school boyfriend (guest star Matt Dillon) in tow, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Peter 'Hopper' Stone/ABC via Getty Images)MATT DILLON, SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'The Incident' - Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed 'the incident' at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire's house, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'The Incident' - Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed 'the incident' at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire's house, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haddad/ABC via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, ERIC STONESTREET, SHELLEY LONG, TY BURRELL
MODERN FAMILY - 'Princess Party' - The guest list for Lily's princess-themed birthday party gets a little out of hand when Mitchell decides to invite mom, much to Claire's dismay, and disinvite Fizbo, much to Cameron's dismay. Things get even more strange when Dede (guest star Shelley Long) shows up with Claire's old high school boyfriend (guest star Matt Dillon) in tow, and Jay and Gloria each turn to their own unique methods of dealing with this gathering of misfits, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Peter 'Hopper' Stone/ABC via Getty Images)JULIE BOWEN, MATT DILLON, SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'The Incident' - Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed 'the incident' at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire's house, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLEY LONG
MODERN FAMILY - 'The Incident' - Claire and Mitchell's mother, Dede, drops in for a surprise visit and is determined to make amends with everyone she offended during what has been deemed 'the incident' at Jay and Gloria's wedding. Needless to say, no one is thrilled to see her and everything comes to a head when the whole family shows up to dinner at Claire's house, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 (9:00-9:30 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haddad/ABC via Getty Images) SHELLEY LONG, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON
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