Of course it plays true to his character, and it's a good move to shake things up in the dozenth season. And McElhenneys' tweet after the show makes me think it's for real and won't be changed next week.
Loved last night's episode. This might actually be one of their best seasons.
First time ever (unless I'm having a brainfart) an episode put the sole focus on a character outside of the gang. Really liked how it was based around a few Cricket appearances we've already seen in previous episodes.
And my favorite quote: "I'm not funny, and I'm sure as shit not cute."
Didn't love last night's episode, but it was more tolerable than "Being Frank," for example. It has its moments for sure and I love how the whole story was tied in with moments from the last two episodes. The dog twist though...ugh...
Howerton said the show will go on an “extended hiatus” after tonight’s episode before returning for Season 13. (“Always Sunny” has been renewed through Season 14.) Howerton said whether he returns will depend on what makes the most sense for the show and his character, the possibly sociopathic Dennis Reynolds.
“The option to come back is there, is in place,” he said. “It’s very much a creative decision.” “Without dancing around it too much … anything is possible. It is possible but it’s hard for me to say what seems probable at this point. It’s definitely not a foregone conclusion that I won’t be coming back,” he added.
Howerton’s exit would break up the five cocky semi-degenerates known on the show as “The Gang”: Howerton’s narcissistic Dennis, his aspiring actress sister Dee (Kaitlin Olsen), the conceited (and recently out of the closet) Mac (Rob McElhenney), the frequently filthy Charlie (Charlie Day), and Dee and Dennis’ terrible father, Frank (Danny DeVito.) Howerton executive produces the show with Day and developed it with McElhenney, its creator.
“I’m not being coy,” Howerton said. “I’m not just trying to spin a mysterious tale here. It will be an artistic decision on behalf of myself, Rob and Charlie as to whether my character comes back, more than a logistical decision.”
“I want to service the show as best I can, and if we decide the best thing for the show is for Dennis to leave, or at least leave for a while for whatever reasons we come up with, then that’s what we’ll do. If we decide it really is best for the show for my character to come back in some capacity then that’s what we’ll do.”
However, Howerton said his decision won’t depend on whether his NBC pilot is picked up to series. He noted that his “Always Sunny” co-star, Olsen, plans to continue on Season 13 and 14 of “Sunny” while continuing on her new Fox series, “The Mick.”
What is he even talking about? In what universe would Dennis, who many think is the best part of the show, leaving possibly the best thing for the show. I really hope he stays.
This season was ballsy as hell as a whole, and I really commend them for that, even if it didn't always work perfectly. Not only did they do a lot of unconventional episodes this season, but they turned in long-running gags for the sake of progress and then even still managed to pull the rug out from under us with that ending.