The Simpsons EPs Compare Upcoming Death to Game of Thrones: It's Our 'Yellow Wedding!'

The Simpsons DeathThe Grim Reaper is booking a round-trip ticket to Springfield — wherever that may be — for The Simpsons‘ Season 26 premiere this fall. Executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman on Tuesday dropped a few new details about the impending death, including how permanent the character’s goodbye will be.

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“This is going to be a bigger deal than King Joffrey on Game of Thrones — the Yellow Wedding!” Jean said during a conference call. “The character that dies is portrayed by an actor who won an Emmy for playing that character. People who reported on it then reported we were killing an ‘iconic’ character; I’d like to say it’s a great character, but I never used the word ‘iconic.’ It’s a terrific character and it [happens in] our premiere this coming year.”

But just because a character is dying, that doesn’t mean he (or she) won’t pop up in a future episode.

“We always have kind of a flexible reality,” Jean admitted, suggesting we could see the departed in a Halloween episode or in a dream sequence.

“What we told the performer is, ‘This does not mean the end of your participation in The Simpsons,'” Selman added. (And, for the record, there are people on the internet who have “figured out” the correct victim.)

Fortunately, there’s more than just gloom and/or doom in The Simpsons‘ future. This Sunday marks the show’s 550th episode (Fox, 8/7c), which will transform Homer and rest of Springfield’s resident into LEGOs. Several exciting events are also being planned for Season 26, including a Futurama/Simpsons crossover episode, “Simpsorama.”

Now that Jean and Selman are done giving out clues, it’s time to start guessing in the comment section below: Which regular Simpsons character should we prepare to say goodbye to?

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  1. jenna says:

    so curious who the character will be!

  2. Melanie says:

    Likely candidates: Apu, Sideshow Bob, Grandpa Simpson, Moe, Barney, Krusty, Comic Book Guy, Chief Wiggum, Duffman, Carl… And I can think of a plausible reason for all of them to die, even without having seen the show in 10 years.

    Speculate away!

  3. Brad says:

    Clearly this seems to be Jackie Mason’s character, Rabbi Krustofsky. Krusty will be a “clown in the dumps” over the passing of his dear departed Dad.

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  5. Kenny says:

    Grandpa Simpson

  6. Sara says:

    I think it’s Sideshow bob. His last appearance was with a terrible storyline. They can’t squeeze much more out of the character.

  7. “What we told the performer is, ‘This does not mean the end of your participation in The Simpsons,’”

    That would imply it’s not someone who does multiple voices on the show.

    • Roberto says:

      Exactly! That leaves us with only three options:
      Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (voiced by Jackie Mason)
      Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer)
      Princess Penelope (voiced by Anne Hathaway)

      Oddly enough all of them are related, one way or another, to Krusty the Clown.

      However Princess Penelope is a one-time character, so they wouldn’t make a deal out of it.

      That leaves us Rabbi Krustofski and Sideshow Bob. Al Jean said he wouldn’t call this character “iconic” and Bob is undoubtedly iconic, so that leaves us with the Rabbi!

      • Ben says:

        what about Homer’s half brother Herb or Artie Ziff? both are emmy winning actors Ziff is currently in jail so that seems plauseable he gets offed in prison and we haven’t seen Herb since season 3 i think?

  8. Agent_Coulson says:

    If what the article and the above comments say is correct, the only possible character is…


    Rabbi Hyman Krustofski

    But that would me be like Nelson and say “ah ah”, because you can think the character is great, but it apperead only in a few episodes. So, no need to make a big deal of it. Especially thinking about a really great character departed already in last months. RIP Marcia Wallace.

    Who would I kill? Hey TVLine, let’s make a poll about it including only the most recurring characters. I’m curious to see the result. Going back to the question, I don’t know, I think noone since I love all of them.

  9. Michael Grooms says:

    They need to kill off Abe Simpson so he can become “The Lovematic Grandpa!”

  10. tara17 says:

    It’s gotta be Barney. He fits the clues and his character is from another era. I still like him, he just seems the likeliest to go.

  11. C22 says:

    I’ll hazard a guess: Mayor Quimby.

  12. Hayden Buckley says:

    You guys are all dumb. Obviously it’s either duff man or disco stu. My vote is disco stu just because he lost his disco a long time ago.

  13. Claudius Valentine says:

    please let it be barney please let it be barney i love both sideshow and grandpa.

    grandpa simpson is ok to get axed he doesnt do much never has but give crazy war stories that have made you laugh very hard over the years so he spot could be replaceable,

    but from all the sideshow bob episodes he is just as big as bart and homer and would hurt alot of fans if he is axed , alot of people including myself wont be returning if that happens so choose wisely or it may be show killer

    • Claudius Valentine says:

      in reply to my own comment……think about it sideshow bob is very popular character he may be too HUGE to kill off without pissing off fans that love him including myself,

      a angry petition may start if he is the unlucky one, how can you not love the dumb nutcase that chuckles after getting hit in the face with a rake

  14. Will says:

    Party and Selma Eddie lugash Agnes

  15. AM says:

    Doesn’t even matter since they are also saying it may not be permanent now. C’mon, your cast is big enough. Kill off some dead-weight!

  16. diarmuid 115 says:

    dudes its gotta be mr burns you know cause hes so old

  17. The 2 clues are 1) won an Emmy. 2) the actor does only 1 voice. The only 2 that fit the criteria is krusty’s dad or sideshow bob.

  18. james says:

    AHHHHH! Sideshow Bob!

  19. Matt says:

    the only character Krusty’s dad will die (killing off is Hyman Krustofski (only) and Krusty the Clown plans to retire.!!

  20. Jordan says:

    possibly no kids so that means[Bart,Lisa,Milhouse,Martin,Nelson,Jimbo,Kearney,Dolph,Sherri,Terri,Ralph,Janey,Todd,Rod,Uter,Database,Squeeky Teen,Maggie,and many others

  21. Ian says:

    All clues suggest Rabbi Hyman Krustofski. Jackie Mason has only voiced that character, he won an Emmy in 1992 for voicing Krustofski, and Jean tweeted that the title of the season premier is ” Clown in the Dumps,” where Krusty is expected to plan his retirement. Obviously if his father dies, that is a reason for him to be “in the dumps” and consider retiring. However, I have trouble seeing how the Rabbi is either great or iconic, and how killing a character that has been in 7 out of 550 episodes “s going to be a bigger deal than King Joffrey on Game of Thrones.” I honestly hope it is a bigger character, because I think killing Krustofski would not live up to the hype at all. Especially after Family Guy killed Brian out of the blue (though they did bring him back a few episodes later).

  22. criticca says:

    The episode will be called “Clown In The Dumps” and I think its going to be one of Dan’s character. Since its a Krusty-related episode and the clown is too iconic to die, its going to be his assistant Sideshow Mel OR his Rabbi father!

  23. Larry says:

    I say Sideshow Bob.
    Jean didn’t say the character wasn’t iconic He said “… I never used the word ‘iconic.’”
    Basically, a typical “I’m not saying it’s _____ but it’s totally _____” answer.

    ““We always have kind of a flexible reality,” Jean admitted, suggesting we could see the departed in a Halloween episode or in a dream sequence.”
    Who better to bring up in Halloween episodes or terrible dreams than the man who’s been trying to murder the Simpson family for years now?

    And that phrase. “The Yellow Wedding”. A Game of Thrones reference is one thing, but the Red Wedding was a massacre. Guessing there will be quite a bit of death. Well, which Simpsons character is generally associated with killing?

    I dunno, that’s my guess.

    • Larry says:

      I didn’t realize we’d already found the episode title. This…uh…okay, I don’t know who it is.

    • Olena says:

      They arnt referencing the Red Wedding, they’re referencing the Purple Wedding… Only one death there, not that I had anything to do with that…

  24. SideshowJazz1 says:

    I hope that they’ll kill Krusty. He’s overused.

  25. Ani says:

    Don’t forget Lisa Simpson. Yeardley Smith doesn’t do any other voice than hers (except Maggie’s once I think, but that barely counts), and has won an Emmy for it.
    Although I don’t think they would kill her off. She is too big and iconic, and I also don’t think the producers would kill off a child character. There’s something in my head that just prevents them from doing that. The world of Simpsons fans simply wouldn’t let her die.
    Krusty’s dad, Rabbi Krustofski, doesn’t do any big impact on the show at all, if you ask me. The death of him wouldn’t make any difference at all (except for a sad Krusty for some episodes). His role is way too small. If he’s the one they kill off I would actually get disappointed.
    Then there’s only Sideshow Bob left, who suits exactly to the description the producers have left. Terrific, great but not too iconic, the Emmy-thing and the voice actor has only done him.
    If what you guys say is true, that the episode will be called “A clown in the dumps”, it can absolutely be pointing at Sideshow Bob. He was Krusty’s assistant back in the days, so Bob also works with the title…

  26. Kellie says:

    Maybe Mr. Burns?

  27. Padriag says:

    When they said “It will not end their connection with the show” it does not DEFINITELY mean that the actor does multiple voices. The fact that they said it means it’s a one voice/one character. Otherwise, why even say it?

    • Olena says:

      Red herring maybe? I can’t help feel like if it isn’t a member of the family or a series regular (like Milhouse or Burns) than the whole “Purple Wedding” reference is way overblown.

  28. Joey decheck says:

    Krusty duh

  29. Will says:

    The first episode of season 26 is about Krusty’s retirement. Then they announce killing off another character in that episode. I’m predicting Slideshow Bob because of the clues quoted at the end of the 13th episode of season 12 has provided a big hint. Another hint is given when they said they are killing off the character for the reason of the departure of a voice actor. Bob is the only character voiced by Kelsey Grammar. While the others who mostly shares voice actors.

  30. Ashley Versteeg says:

    Everybody, it is Krusty that is going to die. Take it from a hardcore simpsons fan doing load of research on interviews and articles as such. Dan castellaneta has won an emmy for his voice as krusty. And had said in an interview that doing the voice is starting to strain his voice. Another tip off, look at the title of the season premiere; ‘ clown in the dumps’

    • Bluedestroyer82 says:

      This is from another hardcore simpsons fan doing lots of reaserch- if you look at all the hints, Krusty is not going to die. Krusty is going to retire. That’s what the episodes name means. Also, Sideshow Bob, assistant to Krusty at one point, would be easily the answer- not iconic but great, smaller then who shot mr burns, could easily appear in Barts dreams or a Treehouse of Horror episode as he is a murderer, etc. The only other person it could be would be Rabbi Krustofski, also goes with the name. In the dumps means sad, not dead.

  31. brokenpinata says:

    It’s pretty clear by the title. It’s Krusty’s dad. Clown in the Dumps: his dad dies and he spirals into depression over the rift that came between his father in him over his career choice.

  32. Pahneeah says:

    God I hope it’s not Sideshow Bob. I LOVE KELSEY GRAMMER!!! But I heard the episode is about Krusty and one of the seasons guests is David Hyde Pierce (Sideshow Bob’s brother) So Sideshow bob is my guest but I really don’t want it to be.

  33. david says:

    is either rabbi krustofy or Sideshow Bob

  34. Penistip says:

    Anyone thought about sideshow bob, his singing voice is great

  35. Jakob says:

    I feel like there going to chop off Krusty.Think about it…they said it won’t be your last time…but what if they were just saying that?Hes Bart’s favorite person on T.V. but Krusty claims to hate show business.It would make sense if he somehow snapped and by accident killed himself?It would be sad as a Krusty fan..but I just think that’s what would happen.Sideshow bob is like Springfields main villain.I don’t know if they could kill him off.I choose Krusty…I just do

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  37. Jusephe says:

    its krusty 4 sure. 4 days left…

  38. Linchpin says:

    Ahaha side show bob and Cecil are down by Kelsey grammer and davdbhude pierce, the actors of frasier and niles crane :)

  39. el que muere es bart, y dicen que es bender el que viene y lo mata, es muy triste decirle hasta luego a este gran personaje

  40. Star says:

    Uh… Has anyone considered that maybe the ACTOR died?

  41. Olena says:

    My money is on Hans Moleman, his death would be a shock…

  42. Olena says:

    Also, noting the character will stay on the show in my opinion doesn’t suggest a one character actor. They’re probably trying to keep this under wraps and these vague clues will probably throw us off.

  43. cartoons8 says:

    This is the best Simpsons season EVER!!! Many of my favorite episodes are from this season. This should really have a higher rating than