Season 12 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, has been one of the show’s most experimental, and also one of the best seasons to date. This season was one of growth for Philadelphia’s quintet of Paddy’s Pub employees:
Mac came out as gay and Charlie finally slept with The Waitress.
However, many fear the implication of what Dennis's growth means for the future of #ItsAlwaysSunny's possible serial killer.
In last night’s episode, "Dennis’ Double Life,"
It’s revealed that Dennis Reynolds is a father. After he got off a plane in Season 10’s "The Gang Beats Boggs," he met a woman at an Applebee’s using his Brian LeFevre persona and impregnated her. In typical Dennis Reynolds fashion, he spends the entirety of the episode trying to scheme his way out of taking care of his child. He fakes being gay with a newly-out Mac, and even attempts to fake his own death, to no avail. At the end of the episode, Dennis says goodbye to his son, Brian Jr., but seems to have a change of heart when his son calls him “Dada.” Back at the bar, he proclaims, "I can’t do any of this shit any more. OK, I’m leaving. I’m gonna go be a dad," and then leaves the bar.
Is Dennis Gone Forever?
Not quite. It's Always Sunny was picked up for at least two more seasons, and Dennis can't be gone for good. Actor Glenn Howerton (who plays Dennis) told UPROXX:
"So… it’s a little complicated. I may seem a little bit evasive here, and I don’t mean to. It’s not entirely certain whether I am or am not. I might be. I might be, but I might not be. That really is the truth. Just to be clear, to dispel any potential weirdness, it has nothing to do with my relationship to anyone on the show or Rob or Charlie or anyone like that. It’s partially a creative and personal decision. We may be taking an extended hiatus between Season 12 and Season 13. So I’m certainly staying open to the possibility of doing more, but there is a possibility that I will not."
The ending of last night's episode left Dennis's fate pretty open-ended. It's possible that we find Dennis bored out of his mind when Season 13 starts, and he's already planning his escape mission back to Philadelphia. Then again, maybe not. Glenn Howerton was recently cast in an NBC pilot alongside Patton Oswalt.
This, in itself, is not indicative of Howerton's future with the show since Kaitlin Olson (Dee) also stars in The Mick on Fox. Howerton, who also serves as writer and producer of Always Sunny, may just have a smaller role if his NBC pilot is picked up.
It's hard to imagine It's Always Sunny without one of the Gang. Dennis was a part of the Gang even before Danny DeVito joined the cast in the second season. Dennis has been there for three separate presidencies. Dennis's implicit, psychopathic tendencies have been part of some of the show's funniest moments, particularly the D.E.N.N.I.S. system.
Here's to hoping that Glenn Howerton doesn't separate entirely from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; he would be sorely missed.
Will Dennis go be a father, or will he stay in Philly with the Gang?
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