Transparent will kill off Jeffery Tambor’s character in the final episode.
The show will say its final farewell to its central character, trans woman Maura Pfefferman, in an extended musical finale.
The series follows a family coming to terms with a member coming out as trans, and starred Tambor for four seasons.
The move comes after Tambor was accused of sexual misconduct by two women.
While he denied the allegations, Tambor was later dropped from the show.
‘We were all in mourning in many ways’
In an interview with the Los Angels Times, series creator Jill Soloway confirmed what many fans had been expecting since the accusations against Tambor became public.
The series finale will begin with Maura’s death, and how her family copes and comes to terms with her passing.
‘We were all in mourning in many ways, and we all had to process together […] It was important [for the show] to go through all those stages,’ Soloway said.
‘The show has always been a reflection of who we were and we were mourning our own narrative.’
Soloway added that the decision to make the finale a musical was very deliberate.
‘People say when they’re making musicals that there are moments when the characters have to sing because they can’t put something into words,’ Soloway said.
‘I think it’s the same thing with what our show went through, we felt like we needed a different way of looking at the family. And we did it through song.’
Sexual misconduct allegations
Tambor had received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a trans woman in the series.
However, he was forced to step down from the show after sexual misconduct allegations were raised in November 2017.
Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant Va Barnes, and his co-star Trace Lysette.
Lysette posted a statement on Twitter detailing her allegations. She wrote that Tambor had made ‘many sexual advances and comments at me’, and on one occasion ‘it got physical’.
‘He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas,’ Lysette wrote in her statement.
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 17, 2017
Not a first
The accusations against Tambor came amid the #MeToo movement. The movement saw countless women coming forward to describe their experiences of dealing with sexual assault and harassment.
Transparent is not the first show to kill off a central character because of sexual misconduct accusations plaguing the main star.
Netflix also killed off Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood in House of Cards. This came after numerous men came forward to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct.
The series continued for a sixth season with the main role going to Robin Wright, who plays Spacey’s wife, Claire Underwood, in the series.