It's been over a decade, people, but... spoilers ahead!
In the season finale of Will & Grace, we learned that everyone's favorite dysfunctional 'besties,' Will and Grace, have had a falling out, lasting years. The split occurred after Grace decided she no longer wanted to have a "gayby" with gay best friend, Will, and instead re-marries and has a daughter with her ex-husband. Will, for his part, also marries and has a son with Vincent. After not speaking for years, Will and Grace cross paths once again by happenstance while dropping their children off at their college dorms.
But maybe this wasn't a spoiler after all, since the show has decided to completely nix that ending for the series reboot, which premiers tonight. In the new series, which is already set to run for two seasons, Will and Grace, now pushing 50, still live together in New York City, are still completely helpless in their love lives, and despite both professing a desire to have children, are both still childless.
Why did the show's creaters decide to change the ending so dramatically?
"When the decision was made to bring the series back, we were like, 'Well, we left them with kids, right? And if they have children, then it has to be about them being parents, 'cause presumably it would be a priority in their lives," co-creator and executive produce David Kohan told E.W. "And if it wasn't a priority in their lives, then they're still parents, they're just bad parents, right?' We frankly did not want to see them being either good parents or bad parents. We wanted them to be Will and Grace."
While we can't wait to indulge in this healthy dose of nostalgia every Thursday, we also can't help but wonder what the show would have been like if they had kept the original ending. Would it be so impossible for Will and Grace to "be" Will and Grace if they were parents? At the very least, it would have provided another welcome representation of gay male parenthood on a major network television station. While LGBTQ characters are becoming increasingly common on both cable and network T.V., we found just 17 shows over the course of the past couple decades that specifically depict gay men as fathers.
Will & Grace broke barriers when it first aired in 1998 by beaming normal representations of gay men into homes all across Middle America. As Joe Biden famously quipped prior to endorsing same-sex marriage, "Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody's ever done so far." Is the show missing an important opportunity to break similar ground on the topic of gay male parenthood? Let us know your own thoughts in the comment!