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Bye Again! Go Behind the Scenes of the “Will & Grace” Series Finale

"What a glorious end to an amazing experience."

That’s a wrap.

The Will & Grace gang is saying farewell—for the second time—ahead of the series finale. Filming of the NBC sitcom concluded this week on the Universal Studios backlot, so the show’s cast and creatives shared some precious moments from the last episode on social media.

“What a glorious end to an amazing experience,” Sean Hayes captioned a photo of his final bow with co-stars Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Eric McCormack. “Thanks to all of the fans. This was all for you.”

“And that’s all folks! Our final bow,” Messing wrote on the same photo. “What an unbelievable ride. Thank you to all the fans. We did it all for you. We will never forget the love and support you’ve always given. Goodbye Stage 22. Until we meet again.”

“Tonight I said good bye to Will Truman. For the second time,” McCormack tweeted. “And I’m more than a little broken.”

McCormack also posted a very early group photo compared to one taken right after they shot the final scene. “Twenty years later,” he wrote. “Hard to believe.”

Co-creator Max Mutchnik shared a video capturing the emotional moment following the very last take. He also posted photos of—gasp!—the empty apartment and a scene set on what looks like the Statue of Liberty’s torch. Sure, why not?

“Okay, it’s happening,” Mutchnik says in a video selfie. “The last show, the last taping of Will & Grace. The apartment is empty, we’re telling that story, they have moved on, and this series is officially over. Thank you, everybody.”

Will & Grace, which ran on NBC for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, returned in 2017 with all four original leads to become the network’s top-rated comedy. NBC announced in July that the third season of the revival, the sitcom’s 11th season overall, would be its last.

“When NBC had the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance,” said NBC Entertainment co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy. “The impact and legacy of Will & Grace simply can’t be overstated, both as a true game-changer in the portrayal of the LGBTQ community and as one of the finest comedies in television history.”

“We think of the Will & Grace reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis—51 is not enough, 53 is too many. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace,” Mutchnick and co-creator David Kohan said in a joint statement with director Jimmy Burrows.

The Will & Grace revival’s final 18-episode season premiered in October. The series finale will air in 2020.

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