Ahead of the season nine premiere, which was on October 3, The Middle co-creator, DeAnn Heline sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the end of the road for the Hecks — made up of Frankie (Patricia Heaton), Mike (Neil Flynn), Axl (Charlie McDermott), Sue (Eden Sher) and Brick (Atticus Shaffer) — and it’s clear she’s just as torn about saying goodbye as fans are.
“It’s always hard to think about ending a show when everything is going so right,” Heline told Entertainment Weekly about the series coming to an end. “But it’s also been nine years and we wanted to feel like we were going out on our own terms, so the cast, [co-creator] Eileen [Heisler], and myself decided that we wanted to have a year where we could prepare for the ending, so that every single episode was special and would mean something.”
Even though it’s great to hear that every episode will be “special” and “mean something,” Heline admitted that the “very moving and overwhelming” response to the series ending announcement — which happened over the summer — had her second guessing their decision.
“I’m not going to lie, there’s a part of you that goes, ‘Well, maybe we should stick around,’” she recalled, but ultimately, they stuck with the decision to end the comedy after nine seasons.
While we are sad to see the Heck family go, and leave behind the fictional town of Orson, Indiana, at least fans have this season to prepare themselves and slowly let go of each and every character.
The Middle’s final season airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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