(NEW YORK) — One week after his character was written off the series at the hand of an unseen gunman, co-stars of the late Dallas star Larry Hagman said goodbye to his scheming character J.R. Ewing.
On Monday night’s episode of the TNT series, the character made famous by the actor was laid to rest. Hagman died of cancer last November.
At J.R.’s funeral, in a scene that blended the emotions of both the show’s fantasy and the actors’ reality, Hagman’s co-stars said goodbye.
In the episode’s final moments, however, it became clear the storyline — that a mugger killed Ewing — wasn’t the truth, and that the mystery of “who shot J.R.?” was revealed in a letter to his onscreen brother Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy, who was in tears at the episode’s end. The mystery was not revealed to viewers during Monday night’s episode.
In an interview with the National Ledger, show producer Mike Robin said, “After shooting Patrick’s moment, I said, ‘I think we did well,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, I think he’d be happy.’ Everybody that was involved in [that show], that was what we were trying to do, trying to feel that we did right by our friend Larry Hagman.”
The show, and the mystery into Ewing’s death, will live on.
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