****SPOILERS FOR LAST NIGHT’S FINALE FOLLOW BELOW****
Last night’s season finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was something truly special. While the episode focused on Mac finding his pride, the ending proved to be something very unlike the show, yet the scene also seemed to fit within the realm of Sunny. Mac danced. This wasn’t like when he did karate moves across the stage in “The Nightman Cometh,” he really danced, and danced very well.
Mac put on an elaborate production as his way as coming out as gay to his father. In many ways this scene was Mac’s version of “The Nightman Cometh,” but it was much more serious in tone. I mean, Mac could have won America’s Got Talent with this performance. Rob McElhenney, who has played the character of Mac for over a decade recently spoke with Deadline, and talked about the scene in question and how it came to be.
“Well, the impetus was twofold. I wanted to do something with my character in regards to his sexuality, something that wasn’t just played for jokes but that would resonate emotionally, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure what that would be. We didn’t want it to seem pandering or off-tone or off-brand or just un-Sunny. So, how do we find a way in which it feels like you’re still watching the same show and yet we’re addressing something that is so important to our culture right now?
Now, couple that with the fact that I’ve always found myself to be a terrible dancer, and everybody says that I’m a terrible dancer including my wife and all of my friends. So thinking about wanting to do different things – and things that scare me and things that I’m terrible at – I thought wouldn’t it be fun to learn something new, use the show as an opportunity to grow and to learn something new? And that’s what we came up with.
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It was definitely one of the most surreal moments I have experienced during my time watching Sunny. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. It was a fine send off to what is, in my opinion, one of the best seasons of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia over its 13-season run.
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