Fans have been speculating ever since co-creator Christopher Lloyd revealed the much-loved Dunphy-Pritchett-Tuckett family would be dealing with a “significant death” and “bigger life events” in the first half of the new season, which premiered in the US on September 26.
"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,” Lloyd told Entertainment Weekly. "But at the same time, it would seem unusual for a family not to go through it."
He added that the TV death “will be a moving event — and an event that has repercussions across several episodes.”
Actor Nolan Gould, who has played Luke Dunphy since season one, hinted that fans would not be saying goodbye to his loveable character just yet but refused to offer any more hints.
"I know who's gonna die... I know it's not me, but I still think it's kind of me like they're just gonna write a second death and not tell anyone," the 19-year-old told TMZ. “That's where my mind goes as a neurotic actor. I immediately called my agent and was like, 'They're gonna kill me off!"