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The Simpsons exec teases upcoming death on show

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The SimpsonsWhich 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)

During The Simpsons' record-setting run, Springfield has lost many citizens, with notable passings including neighbour Maude Flanders, teacher Edna Krabappel and saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy.

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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