EP Al Jean Says Someone Will Die Soon(-Ish)

Bad news, Simpson fans: Someone you (possibly) love is about to die. Who's got the next plot at the Springfield cemetery?

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Prepare for a "touching" tribute to one of your favorite characters from The Simpsons. Executive Producer Al Jean recently told The Hollywood Reporter than another Springfield resident will get the axe some time in either Season 25 or 26.

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"We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others — we think it has a good emotional through line," Jean told The Hollywood Reporter. "The story will be produced this year though it may air in Season 26."

Jean is remaining tight-lipped about just who might soon be saying their last words. However, he did hint that it would be an Emmy-winning character. Or, rather, the character is voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for their part. That's not much of a hint, really. The Simpsons have long reined as Kings at the Emmy Awards. Nearly all the actors who voice the Simpson family — Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Dan Castelleneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge) and Yeardley Smith (Lisa) — have won Emmys for their roles. It seems incredibly unlikely that they would kill off one of the Simpsons, though. Instead, here's a list of actors who voice Emmy-worthy characters:

  • Jackie Mason as Rabbi Hyman Krustofski
  • Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel
  • Hank Azaria as Apu Nahasapeemapetilony
  • Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
  • Anne Hathaway as Princess Penelope

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There have been plenty of other great characters who have earned Emmy nominations for their actors. However, Jean stipulated that it was an Emmy "winner."

This isn't the first time The Simpsons has dealt with death. Over the years the EPs and writers have also buried Maude Flanders, Frank "Grimey" Grimes, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mona Simpson (Homer's mother), Snowballs I-IV and Fat Tony.

Which character are you aching to see kick the bucket in some tragic and/or hysterical way? Tell us your The Simpsons hit list!

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