Which Springfield citizen will get the axe in next season's premiere of The Simpsons? (Matt Groening/Twentieth Century Fox/AP)
If you're an avid TV-watcher, you'll likely have noticed the growing trend of shows killing off characters — whether heroic stars, beloved sidekicks or dastardly villains. The executive producers of The Simpsons aren't immune, dropping more details about the upcoming demise of a "terrific" character that has been teased for some time now.
Referencing current watercooler favourite and ultimate character-killing show Game of Thrones, Simpsons EP Al Jean likened the death in question to "The Yellow Wedding!"
"People who reported on it [earlier] 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," Jean told television site TV Line.
- Other teaser tidbits:
- The character is portrayed by a Simpsons voice actor who has won an Emmy.
- The death does not necessarily mean the actor will end all participation in The Simpsons universe.
- Due to the show's "flexible reality," the character could return, for instance in a dream or a Halloween episode (which raises the notion of a stunt, à la Family Guy's Brian)
Plus, nearly everyone has died at one point or another during the show's annual Treehouse of Horrors episodes.
What do you think when a show kills off beloved characters?
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