How Will & Grace cast REALLY feel about original ending

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From Digital Spy

Will & Grace is back, honey, with the show's original ending now consigned to oblivion.

In case you'd forgotten, the sitcom's first finale – which aired in 2006 – leapt forward into the future, revealing that an older Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) had grown apart.

But the new revival decided to ignore these events, dismissing them in the first episode back as a daydream.

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So now that history's been rewritten, how do the cast feel about that original ending? When Digital Spy met them recently, we could resist asking.

"I thought it was... fine," laughed Sean Hayes (Jack). "The flash-forward was kind of interesting. But I know a lot of people didn't really remember it, which was a good thing for the revival. I mean, we addressed it in the first scene of the first episode, about 45 seconds in.

"Karen (Megan Mullally) said, 'I think it was a dream. You were there and you were there...'"

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Will actor McCormack, though, was more enthusiastic about the erased ending: "I liked it a lot. I liked that we took a risk. I loved that one scene where we think we're seeing a flashback to Will and Grace meeting, and we realise it's a flash-forward to our children meeting, that Grace's daughter and my son meet.

"It was an amazing moment for the live audience that night, and it had full closure. So when 11 years later we decided to come back, we kind of went, 'Let's say that didn't happen.'

"We didn't want to suddenly have, in the timeline, 12-year-old children. It was just not the show. We really decided to do the show the way we remember it."

Will & Grace continues on Channel 5 on Fridays at 10pm.

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