Better break out those hankies now, “Modern Family” fans; it sounds like Wednesday’s episode is gonna be a big one.
Series star Sarah Hyland — who plays Haley Dunphy on the hit ABC sitcom — took to Instagram on Wednesday to strongly imply that the night’s episode would feature the much-anticipated death of one of the show’s characters.
OK — she pretty much all but said so in big, red capital letters.
In the post, Hyland shared a photo from the show, in which she’s wearing some sort of furry outfit, with Halloween decorations adorning the walls, as she’s feeding her face.
“Everyone copes with death differently. This little raccoon likes to eat when someone close dies,” Hyland wrote.
She continued, teasing, “But WHO. Dies?! Watch @abcmodernfam TONIGHT to find out!! @abcnetwork 9/8c #modernfamily.”
For what it’s worth, according to IMDb, Wednesday’s episode is titled “Good Grief.”
“It’s an epic Halloween full of costumes, tricks and treats for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan as they deal with huge, unexpected news,” a summary of the episode reads.
“Modern Family” co-creator Christopher Lloyd revealed in September that the current episode of the series would feature the death of a “significant” character.
“We’re handling some bigger life events in this season,” Lloyd said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Hyland’s post sparked plenty of speculation in the comments section, with more than one commenter suggesting that DeDe Pritchett, played by “Cheers” alum Shelley Long, might be the one about to take a dirt nap.
Feel free to share your own prediction in the comments section below, after examining Hyland’s post.