Will & Grace Airs Its Second Series Finale - How Did The Story End This Time?
The groundbreaking NBC sitcom Will & Grace has come to an end for a second time. The original Emmy-winning series aired for eight seasons between 1998 and 2006, and the three-season revival aired its series finale on Thursday night, bringing an end to what they refer to as Seasons 9, 10, and 11.
The last episode focused on the four main characters - Will (Erick McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Karen (Megan Mullally), and Jack (Sean Hayes) - as they wrapped up their storylines that have been playing out all season.
At the beginning of the episode, Will and Grace were busy packing up the apartment they have shared for twenty years so they could move to their new house in the suburbs and raise their kids. Meanwhile, Karen was contemplating reconciling with her ex-husband, Stanley Walker, while Jack was waiting to find out if he was finally going to get his chance to perform on Broadway.
Of course, there were a few hiccups along the way. First, Grace thought she was going into labor, only to find out it was a false alarm. And, Will’s ex McCoy Whitman (Matt Bomer) unexpectedly showed up to see if they could give their relationship another try.
Will told McCoy “we’ll see,” and their future together was left up in the air, but there was no doubt that Will and Grace would continue with their plan of living together in a house in the suburbs and raising their kids.
“Everything’s going to be so different,” Grace told Will right before she went into labor. “A whole new life. A new house, kids. We’ve always just been Will and Grace.”
Will responded by telling her that everything would be okay.
“Maybe we’ve been Will and Grace long enough,” said Will. “We are going to be great.”
Unfortunately, they never revealed the names they picked out for their kids, and this time there was no glimpse into the future. As fans may remember, the 2006 finale ended on a completely different note.
In that finale, Will and Grace were married to their respective spouses, but estranged after a falling out. The series then jumped into the future to show their kids meeting at college, causing Will and Grace to reconnect. But, that entire ending was retconned when the series revival began in 2017.
As for Karen, she decided to go back to Stanley and accepted his second marriage proposal, making her richer than ever. In the 2006 finale, she had lost all of her money. And, Jack - who is now married to flight attendant Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) - finally made it to Broadway as Sailor #5 in On The Town . In the original ending, Jack had inherited all of Beverly Leslie’s (Leslie Jordan) money and was taking care of Karen.
The episode ended with all four characters reuniting at Will & Grace’s empty apartment for one last goodbye. After Grace goes into labor, they all leave for the hospital. And, for the final time, Will closed the door and left his old life behind so he could begin the next chapter.