Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally shared why the show’s writers chose to ignore the season eight finale when the revival was being written.
While at a press conference in London, Mullaly shared that the writers were afraid of how to handle Will and Grace being parents.
“What they were struggling with was the fact that if Will and Grace have children, they have to pay a lot of attention to the children or they’re horrible parents.”
“They didn’t really want Will and Grace to have to be parenting. So they just decided to pretend the finale never happened.”
She later added: “I thought in a way all bets were off because no show has even come back like that, in the way that we did. So I thought, ‘They can do whatever they want.’ The rules don’t apply because it’s unprecedented.”
Actor Sean Hayes also shared his thoughts on the matter:
“I think the writers got together months and months ahead of time. They went around and around for weeks about all of the things you’re talking about.”
“So they really weighed all of the options, and the considerations the audience might have, the pre-conceived expectations. So I think yes, they were a little worried about all of that.”
“But in my opinion it’s so cleverly, brilliantly addressed through this character [Karen], that it was all a dream, you know, in the first 45 seconds, she laid out all the pipe.”