Simpsons Character to Die in Season 26 Premiere, Clues Given

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Simpsons Character to Die in Season 26 Premiere, Clues Given

The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean says the upcoming death in the show is "obvious," with clues pointing to Krusty the Clown.

While The Simpsons has been on TV for a long time, fans might want to tune in this September for this season's premiere, as a character will die during the episode. During Fox's panel at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean talked about the TV series' upcoming 26th season and even opened up a bit about the character that's set to die in the season premiere. According to Jean, "It turned out bigger than we thought it was going to be...It's not going to be this blood bath where they all get murdered." When asked which character will bite the bullet, Jean mentioned that the actor who plays the character has won an Emmy, and that his clues have been "obvious."

Given that the premiere episode is titled "A Clown in the Dumps," it's easy to think that Krusty the Clown might be the one to croak. And when you factor in that Dan Castellaneta -- who voices both Krusty and Homer in the show -- has won an Emmy, well, all signs point to a grim future for Krusty.

Do you think Krusty will be the one to die? If not him, which character would you prefer be sent to Simpsons heaven? You can check it out for yourself when The Simpsons' 26th season premieres this September 28 on Fox.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Let them all die, I say.

That said, it'll totally be Sideshow Bob.

Yeah, I'm thinking Sideshow Bob. Also, haven't most of the cast won an Emmy, at one point or another?

I think Sideshow Mel, just because they wanna throw you for a loop. Show's known for its curveballs.

BanicRhys:
Let them all die, I say.

That said, it'll totally be Sideshow Bob.

I hope the show goes on till the day I die. Its a comfort blanket that I like and its better written than Family Guy. No matter how bad the show gets they aren't going to go back and go all George Lucas on the early seasons everyone loves and grew up with, they'll still be there. I mean the Simpsons isn't even a show that is clearly bad for a culture like a show like jersey shore or some other cheap low brow POS. So why not?

The Simpsons jumped the shark so long ago it's not even funny. I really don't care which character dies; they collectively died in my estimation years ago.

Scorpid:

BanicRhys:
Let them all die, I say.

That said, it'll totally be Sideshow Bob.

I hope the show goes on till the day I die. Its a comfort blanket that I like and its better written than Family Guy. No matter how bad the show gets they aren't going to go back and go all George Lucas on the early seasons everyone loves and grew up with, they'll still be there. I mean the Simpsons isn't even a show that is clearly bad for a culture like a show like jersey shore or some other cheap low brow POS. So why not?

Hey let the "the show has been shit since [insert season here]" train roll, it's funny to watch it descend into mindless bickering.

That said I haven't watched it for years, mostly because I don't watch TV these days.

The show never got bad, it just parodies a family archetype and a world that no longer really exists.

Mr. burns or grandpa simpson is my bet, but I'm too lazy to look if their actors won an emmy.

Well, I hope it's not Mr Burns.
He's just way too... Excellent...

Batou667:
The Simpsons jumped the shark so long ago it's not even funny. I really don't care which character dies; they collectively died in my estimation years ago.

Yeah... Sadly, the show has long since stopped being relevant to me and I suspect to many. Though if it's still on the air, chances are a new audience has found it and loves it. Kind of like how I keep thinking certain musicians are history, only to find out they have a massive overseas following.

It seems really desperate and sad that death is used in this token way. I can't even muster the words for it. Which I think describes the situation best of all, really.

The Simpsons: bleh.

inu-kun:
Mr. burns or grandpa simpson is my bet, but I'm too lazy to look if their actors won an emmy.

Grandpa simpson is the same voice actor as Homer and Crusty, so, Yes, he did.

As for Mr, Burns. Harry Shearer has won an Emmy too.

It's probably Sideshow Mel. The character was never really that interesting or funny.

BanicRhys:
Let them all die, I say.

Yeah...say someone is going to die to get people guessing, and kill everyone off in the beginning of the first episode.

Then run the thing with half the scence backwards and in a weird order, and show how the apocalypse came.

Have zombie Maggie being thrown out the window by a dying Homer, and the show is suddenly worthwhile again.

Alex Co:

Given that the premiere episode is titled "A Clown in the Dumps," it's easy to think that Krusty the Clown might be the one to croak. And when you factor in that Dan Castellaneta -- who voices both Krusty and Homer in the show -- has won an Emmy, well, all signs point to a grim future for Krusty.

What kind of logic is that? A voice actor for several characters has won an Emmy, therefore "all signs" say one of those characters will die?

Let's look at the major characters who have died:
-Maude Flanders
-Chip Davis
-Ms. Krabapple[1]

So, setting aside the obvious pattern of Flander's being the harbinger of death, here's people it's definitely not going to be:

Mr. Burns: He's a stand in for way too many tropes and figures to make this work
Grandpa Simpson: You can't kill the only old guy in the family.
Apu, Moe, Lenny, Carl: all solid support characters that would hit too close to home
Flanders: Yeah, sorry, he's not going away.
Sideshow Mel: Given he usually get's one of the initial mob shots, I don't think he's going away...
Any of the Simpson family: Kind of like killing Brian (which I maintain was well executed and could have been made permanent, even if the replacement character needed more development), some things just don't go over well with the audience.
Krusty: Actually, it could be him, but he's also one of the five members of the Springfield GOP, a major point of commonality to a huge number of characters, and the only other TV personality other than Kent Brockman

Who it could be:
Kent Brockman: despite being able to get more mileage out of this one in later episodes, his actual position is completely replaceable.
Sideshow Bob: He increasingly has little to do with the series, giving him a send off would be a good way to end that decades-running joke
Barney: Close enough to homer to really pack a punch

[1] Kind of. The Character was put out to pasture when the voice actor died earlier this year and was implied that she had passed.

The title of the episode kinds of gives away that Krusty or Bob will be at the center of it. The list of people that man voiced is pretty long, and some of them would be more interesting from a story perspective (like Barney or Grandpa), but the show was never good at being poignant; so my guess is one of those two...

DaxStrife:

Alex Co:

Given that the premiere episode is titled "A Clown in the Dumps," it's easy to think that Krusty the Clown might be the one to croak. And when you factor in that Dan Castellaneta -- who voices both Krusty and Homer in the show -- has won an Emmy, well, all signs point to a grim future for Krusty.

What kind of logic is that? A voice actor for several characters has won an Emmy, therefore "all signs" say one of those characters will die?

Read the article. "the voice actor won an emmy" was a clue about the character's identity...

It's gonna be Hans Moleman. You heard it here first, folks.

Unless they kill one of the Simpsons family (except grandpa) it doesn't matter. The only consequence would be that they lose a side character that they can use as a focus in future episodes and it will give a related character a few possible plotlines for the future.

I read somewhere that they planned originally for Krusty to be Homer in disguise. If they had stuck with that idea it might be a very interesting episode if Krusty is going to die.

I guess ratings must be down? Fuck, it worked for Family Guy!

I've never really followed The Simpsons much. It's mostly funny when I watch it though, but I guess I haven't connected with the characters the way many others must have for them to want to do this.

The original quote was "won an emmy for the role" and have appeared atleast two times. 8 different actors have won an emmy specificly for one role.

That leaves us with Bart Simpson (entirely unlikely), Homer Simpson (possible), Marge Simpson (most likely of the regular cast), Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (Possible), Lisa Simpson (unlikely), Edna Krabappel (already dead), Apu (Possible), Sideshow Bob (possible)

Most likely Sideshow Bob or Hyman Krustofsky (Krustys father) due to the title of the episode. But Krustys father have only been in three episodes (doubt that they would make such a fuss about it if it was him). I would say Sideshow bob.

The Gentleman:
Let's look at the major characters who have died:
-Maude Flanders
-Chip Davis
-Ms. Krabapple[1]

So, setting aside the obvious pattern of Flander's being the harbinger of death, here's people it's definitely not going to be:

Mr. Burns: He's a stand in for way too many tropes and figures to make this work
Grandpa Simpson: You can't kill the only old guy in the family.
Apu, Moe, Lenny, Carl: all solid support characters that would hit too close to home
Flanders: Yeah, sorry, he's not going away.
Sideshow Mel: Given he usually get's one of the initial mob shots, I don't think he's going away...
Any of the Simpson family: Kind of like killing Brian (which I maintain was well executed and could have been made permanent, even if the replacement character needed more development), some things just don't go over well with the audience.
Krusty: Actually, it could be him, but he's also one of the five members of the Springfield GOP, a major point of commonality to a huge number of characters, and the only other TV personality other than Kent Brockman

Who it could be:
Kent Brockman: despite being able to get more mileage out of this one in later episodes, his actual position is completely replaceable.
Sideshow Bob: He increasingly has little to do with the series, giving him a send off would be a good way to end that decades-running joke
Barney: Close enough to homer to really pack a punch

You missed Bleeding Gums Murphy and Dr.Marvin Monroe.

[1] Kind of. The Character was put out to pasture when the voice actor died earlier this year and was implied that she had passed.

Let this whole show freaking die already! >:C

For the record, the only member of the main cast who hasn't had an Emmy is Harry Shearer, so Mr. Burns, Lenny, Dr. Hibbert, Ned Flanders, etc, are safe.

My money is on Sideshow Bob. Kelsey Grammer had an Emmy for that role and has been seen enough times for us to be attached (though they nearly killed him once before). I guess Krusty is 2nd, though I don't know if they'd do it. Sideshow Mel is likely, but he's mostly been in the background (even though he's the only reoccurring character Krusty could have a major breakdown over).

Twenty freaking six seasons..is this show ever gonna die I wonder? Cause I'm fearful for the age of some of the voice actors.

What will happen then?

It shows how long a show has been on when the only thing they can do to keep interest is to kill off characters.

I always thought it would be Sideshow Bob, but they did a fake-out episode a few years back that I didn't see until two weeks ago, so now I'm not that sure anymore.

And Krusty is just too important to kick off, and still has some potential as a character. So it would be a mistake to get rid of him.

Maybe it's Sideshow Mel? He is part of the main secondaries, and is featured in almost every episode. And we never really knew how and why he got the job to replace Bob to begin with. So this origin story after his death might make for an interesting episode.

But in the end it's just one big guessing game, and they might just be pulling our leg on this one. Maybe it's going to be someone we didn't even consider.

I didn't know this show was still going.

regardless of who dies I won't find out until someone tells me about it since I stopped following the Simpsons 10 or more years ago

DarkhoIlow:
Twenty freaking six seasons..is this show ever gonna die I wonder? Cause I'm fearful for the age of some of the voice actors.

What will happen then?

Well pretty much the main one for the show is Dan Castellaneta, who voices Homer and a bunch of other characters such as Groundskeeper Willie, Krusty, Grandpa, etc. is only 56 and is still in his prime I say. Other fun fact, Dan is also responsible for providing the voice for Genie in Aladin 2, the animated series, and the Kingdom Hearts series. :D

God I just don't care anymore

Vedrenne:

The Gentleman:
Let's look at the major characters who have died:
-Maude Flanders
-Chip Davis
-Ms. Krabapple[1]

So, setting aside the obvious pattern of Flander's being the harbinger of death, here's people it's definitely not going to be:

Mr. Burns: He's a stand in for way too many tropes and figures to make this work
Grandpa Simpson: You can't kill the only old guy in the family.
Apu, Moe, Lenny, Carl: all solid support characters that would hit too close to home
Flanders: Yeah, sorry, he's not going away.
Sideshow Mel: Given he usually get's one of the initial mob shots, I don't think he's going away...
Any of the Simpson family: Kind of like killing Brian (which I maintain was well executed and could have been made permanent, even if the replacement character needed more development), some things just don't go over well with the audience.
Krusty: Actually, it could be him, but he's also one of the five members of the Springfield GOP, a major point of commonality to a huge number of characters, and the only other TV personality other than Kent Brockman

Who it could be:
Kent Brockman: despite being able to get more mileage out of this one in later episodes, his actual position is completely replaceable.
Sideshow Bob: He increasingly has little to do with the series, giving him a send off would be a good way to end that decades-running joke
Barney: Close enough to homer to really pack a punch

You missed Bleeding Gums Murphy and Dr.Marvin Monroe.

In fact, Marvin Monroe didn't really die very much like Dr. Nick.

You did miss Frank Grimes tho :)

My guess is Sideshow Bob, he's a great character, but his episodes have been on the decline for a little while. His personality went up and down, does he hate Bart anymore? he stopped in a brother from another series but hated him deeply in The Bob next door.
As much as I like the character (it's amazing that Bart who's not the shiniest tool in the box has such a brilliant nemesis) I think it would be a great exit for a great character.

[1] Kind of. The Character was put out to pasture when the voice actor died earlier this year and was implied that she had passed.

A real major character won't die. If anything they are going to pull a Clone High and create a character just to die.

Personally i either want Grandpa to die just because of the sliding years of Homer/Marge's marriage/birth of Bart keeps sliding, whilst Grandpa being a WW2 veteran to be too integral to his character to be altered, i would think that out of all the characters, Grandpa should just die. at least Krusty has his sleazy yet funny moments, and Sideshow Bob was always a lark before the Italian episode. but in all seriousness, Homer and Marge was last in their late teens during the NINETIES, even considering the sporadic disappearance of Mona Simpson, Homer being born looks unbelievable when he's supposed to be 30-40 years old. (no, it does not help that Grandpa once said he was a toddler in WW2)

What if Poochie dies? they'll probably pull a Family Guy again and say a character dies, but turns out to not be important, it hasn't been the first time that Poochie's existence has been mentioned before, it's been referenced more than Principal Skinner's real identity of Armin Tamzarian.

Or what if it IS Sideshow Bob, but gets into a 3-way fight with Sideshow Mel and Cecil? maybe they plummet off a cliff and pull the whole "Nedna" thing all over again, letting their death settle before doing any plots, could either go that Sideshow Bob hastily studies Mel's Mannerisms so that he can imitate them to get close to Krusty but falling to his death causes Amnesia making him a replacement like Fat Tony being replaced by Fit Tony...who turns fat again.

Eventually Bob gets into the Mel persona, he tolerates Krusty, until something snaps within him, maybe seeing Cecil looking like Bob acts up the audience-surrogate side of Mel, defending Krusty/Bart from Cecil? then it turns out that Mel never died, Cecil did. for extra [annoyed grunts] the death should be falling off Springfield Gorge, because people has has enougth of that memory, right?

The Gentleman:
Let's look at the major characters who have died:
-Maude Flanders
-Chip Davis
-Ms. Krabapple[1]

So, setting aside the obvious pattern of Flander's being the harbinger of death, here's people it's definitely not going to be:

Mr. Burns: He's a stand in for way too many tropes and figures to make this work
Grandpa Simpson: You can't kill the only old guy in the family.
Apu, Moe, Lenny, Carl: all solid support characters that would hit too close to home
Flanders: Yeah, sorry, he's not going away.
Sideshow Mel: Given he usually get's one of the initial mob shots, I don't think he's going away...
Any of the Simpson family: Kind of like killing Brian (which I maintain was well executed and could have been made permanent, even if the replacement character needed more development), some things just don't go over well with the audience.
Krusty: Actually, it could be him, but he's also one of the five members of the Springfield GOP, a major point of commonality to a huge number of characters, and the only other TV personality other than Kent Brockman

Who it could be:
Kent Brockman: despite being able to get more mileage out of this one in later episodes, his actual position is completely replaceable.
Sideshow Bob: He increasingly has little to do with the series, giving him a send off would be a good way to end that decades-running joke
Barney: Close enough to homer to really pack a punch

You say kind of, but she wasn't really. And Marcia Wallace DID win an Emmy for voicing Mrs. Krabappel in 1992, so it could just be an official mercy killing, which make it really interesting if Flanders still has an unshakable faith in God after losing both his wives.

[1] Kind of. The Character was put out to pasture when the voice actor died earlier this year and was implied that she had passed.

Dan Castellaneta is getting older, and doing the Krusty voice has to be pretty damned painful even to a young set of vocal chords. It wouldn't surprise me to see Krusty taken off the roster.

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