The 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.
“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?Follow @AndySwift