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The Simpsons EP on Season Premiere Death: 'It's An Emotional Story'

The Simpsons Season 26

In less than 60 hours, one Springfield resident will be joining Bleeding Gums Murphy on that big storyboard in the sky. So, who’s taking their final bow on The Simpsons‘ season premiere this Sunday (Fox, 8/7c)?

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“I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” executive producer Al Jean explains to TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.”

Jean says the buzz really kicked up when he started giving out clues, hinting that the dearly departed will be a character played by an actor who won an Emmy for said portrayal.

“The next thing I knew, it was on newspapers in Uruguay,” Jean says with a laugh. “It was insane, but once that happened, we thought, ‘OK, how can we take advantage of this thing we didn’t mean to start?'”

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And when producers announced the title of the episode, “Clown in the Dumps”? Forget about it.

“People went, ‘You’re killing off Krusty?!'” Jean recalls. “I was like, ‘No. ‘In the dumps’ just means you’re sad.’ It was mostly people running around, jumping to their own conclusions.” (Side note: Per the official episode description, Sunday’s premiere begins with “Krusty’s decision to retire after he’s offended by a comedy cable channel roast of him,” hence the title.)

Regardless of how overhyped the death may be, a Simpsons character is definitely meeting his (or her) end this Sunday, and while that character “isn’t going to come back from the dead,” Jean says it’s entirely possible that they’ll “live on in [a certain character]’s memory.”

So, Simpsons fans, who do you think is being killed off? Browse photos from the premiere below, then drop a comment with your best guesses.

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32 Comments
  1. We will have to wait and see, but I hope the character gets meaningful and proper send off. I’m wondering which character is getting a farewell and if it would be believable.

  2. It’s either Krusty or his dad.

    • Sheila says:

      Would you consider Krusty’s father beloved? Not being snarky, genuinely asking. I don’t even remember him as a character, but I’m not a die-hard fan.

      • I think he’s been on the show maybe three times. I don’t think they would kill Krusty. For all I know, they’re killing Krusty’s monkey, who in Krusty’s infinite insanity he may have converted to Judaism at some point.

  3. jasonbres says:

    It is obviously Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, Krusty’s father.

  4. queerbec says:

    Of course releasing the image of Krusty on some sort of heavenly cloud didn’t do much to stop the speculation either!

  5. Mike Hafezi. says:

    Rabbi Hyman Krustofski.

  6. Moment says:

    Killing off Principal Skinner would make for a good story, especially for Bart. But I can’t see that happening. I wonder who it could be though.

  7. James says:

    Who else is even Jewish?

  8. steven says:

    If Krusty did die, then it’ll technically be his second death on the show, since he “died” in a plane crash in an earlier episode.

  9. Chad Smith says:

    Sideshow Bob.

  10. Abby says:

    Flaming overhype if its just Krusty’s father!

  11. jo says:

    sideshow bob

  12. You have Homer in a Yamuka and you have the shocked look on Bart’s face, it is pretty much confirmed that it is Krusty the Clown.

  13. radmcawesome says:

    I’m guessing it’s Krusty’s dad that dies. Homer’s sporting a yarmulke in the pic and the episode is titled “Clown in the Dumps”. I’m figuring his dad’s death would be the reason why Kristy’s sad.

  14. Bark Star says:

    Be mercyful and end this show, this necrophilia is embarrasng.

  15. hello says:

    What needs to stop is the promotion that a death is going to occur in TV-shows. I am so tired of it. The most effective deaths are the ones we never knew coming, like Ana-Lucia and Libby on LOST, or the one that happened on Thursday(too early to spoil)

  16. I’m hoping it’s Mr. Burns.

  17. dan the critic says:

    Hopefully its not Barney

  18. John says:

    Please be Flanders plaease be Flanders…..