What’s one of the simplest ways to deal with the controversial exit of a lead actor? Properly, by killing off their character, clearly.
That’s precisely what occurred to Jeff Garlin‘s Murray within the Season 10 premiere of ABC‘s The Goldbergs on Wednesday, September 21. The choice to kill off the Golberg patriarch got here as Garlin exited the sitcom collection final December following a HR investigation into misconduct allegations.
The Goldbergs showrunner Alex Barnow revealed final month that the tenth season would choose up a number of months after Murray’s dying, and that’s what viewers noticed within the premiere. The present opened with a voiceover, the place the older Adam Goldberg (Patton Oswalt) defined what the assorted relations had been as much as over the summer season.
“That 12 months, there was one change that made the whole lot cease,” Adam stated because the digicam centered on Murray’s favourite chair, now empty. Then, because the room went darkish and a highlight appeared over the chair, Adam continued, “Only a few months in the past, out of nowhere, we misplaced my dad. We’ll at all times love you, dad. All the time. And we’ll discover a approach to proceed on collectively. As a result of, in any case, we’re the Goldbergs.”
The episode paid tribute to Garlin’s character by turning his favourite recliner right into a glider within the nursery for Erica’s (Hayley Orrantia) child. “It seems the individuals we are saying goodbye to by no means actually go away us. However that doesn’t imply we don’t miss them,” Adam concluded on the finish of the episode.
Hours earlier than the Season 10 premiere, Garlin opened up about his psychological well being struggles, revealing that he has bipolar dysfunction. “Bipolar is a motherf***er. Generally it’s simply an excessive amount of to take care of,” he wrote in an Instagram publish. “I’m doing the most effective I can. That is the primary time that I’ve opened up about this.”
The Goldbergs, Season 10, Wednesdays, 8:30/7:30c, ABC
Mary Ellers is Wahu Times’s senior journalist covering federal politics. She has previously wrote for NPR and is a regular contributor to Medium. Mary graduated from Georgetown University’s journalism school with distinction in 2014.