Roseanne may have been a heart-warming sitcom, but it wasn't afraid to hit us right in the heart from time to time to keep things interesting. One of the biggest gut-punches came right in the series finale, with the revelation that Dan Conner (John Goodman) didn't pull through the heart attack he suffered during Season 8. Sadly, the Dan that we followed throughout the ninth season was a figment of Roseanne's grieving imagination.
Surprisingly though, that wasn't the end of the road for the beloved character. The show is coming back for an eight-episode revival next year on ABC, and with #JohnGoodman returning as Dan, fans have been scratching their heads trying to figure out what's happening, you know, taking into account the finale.
Would he appear in a flashback? Would Roseanne be deceiving us with his presence yet again (please, no)?
Now we finally know. When approached by reporters last week in California, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey dropped a bombshell: The Dan we'll meet in the revival is very much alive and ready to take on another chapter in his life with Roseanne:
"I don't want to talk too specifically, but I wouldn't say we'll ignore the events of the finale. Dan is definitely still alive."
Oh, yes! Dan is back, my friends, and I couldn't be happier. Keep in mind, while I first felt they were very similar, this isn't the same thing that happened to another upcoming revival, Will & Grace, which revealed earlier this month that the show would be retconning its ending. Of course, this opens the door for even more questions.
I'm curious to see how Roseanne's little escapist trip in Season 9 will be handled. Or is it possible it will be a prequel of sorts? Or new stories that just happen to take place in the same timeframe of the original series before Dan had his heart attack? There's unfortunately very little information at our disposal right now and the situation is just way too confusing to make a concrete guess, so we'll have to wait for some answers.
Is Bringing Back Dan A Good Move?
There are countless TV shows that play it safe with their characters when wrapping up their storylines, so there's something very special about getting an unexpected finale. The kind that throws you off completely and leaves you meditating on it for a good while after you see it (Lost, anyone?).
That was Roseanne's final episode. But a shocking twist doesn't necessarily equal good, and that was the sentiment across the majority of the show's fanbase. The magic of the series was seeing Dan and #Roseanne working out their day-to-day difficulties together as the great married couple they were. Therefore, as controversial as it may sound to continuity lovers, this is a great move.
It would feel wrong to not have those two once again as the central focus for the new series, especially with the topical issues it will be tackling. I'm sure I'm not the only one when I say I've wished for a few of my favorite TV shows to end in a different way, so I love the fact that we get to have another shot for Dan. The only thing that has me worried is how his return will be handled. The explanation has to tread a fine line between funny (it is a sitcom, after all) and realistic, so it'll hopefully be a reasonable situation.
We'll get to know what happens when Roseanne and her family return in 2018.
How do you feel about Dan coming back from the dead for the Roseanne revival? How would you like to see the show handle his return? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]