Simpsons executive producer Al Jean, who in the past few years has killed off Homer's mom and the real Fat Tony for no real reason, has vowed to kill again, this time with more hype:
"We're working on a script where a character will pass away," he confirmed. "I'll give a clue: The actor who plays the character won an Emmy for playing that character. I won't say who it is."
Will nothing stop this man's insatiable bloodlust??
Now the guessing game begins, for this episode that likely won't air for another year! The Emmy clue doesn't really narrow things down, because five of the six main voice actors have won Emmys for their performances. That would mean Harry Shearer's characters are safe, but look at this scene and tell me they're not already dead.
The smart money is on:
Jacqueline Bouvier (Julie Kavner): Marge's mom, old, rarely appears, difficult voice to do, death would keep viewers from noticing how Marge sounds exactly like her these days.
Just Stamp The Ticket Guy (Hank Azaria): Perhaps the most iconic character, death would bring guaranteed ratings.
Here's some characters that aren't likely to die but are being mentioned in other articles anyway:
Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer): I doubt they would kill him off without a guarantee that this is the last season (still waiting on renewal, by the way). He's a costumed character at Universal Studios Florida and it seems weird to have him alive for The Simpsons Ride while dead in the series.
Mrs. Krabappel (Marcia Wallace): Are they heartless enough to kill off Ned Flanders's wife a second time? Bart would need a replacement teacher, and the show rarely (if ever) replaces a character... Gil is occasionally a lawyer for the Simpsons, but I wouldn't say he's a straight-up replacement for Lionel Hutz.
Fun fact: Comic Book Resources posted about this more than a week ago, but for some reason it's only just now trending, due to this Sun News article. It seems to use the exact same quotes, so either they sat on the story for a week or Al Jean robotically uses the exact same quotes every time he talks to the press... which is exactly the kind of thing a serial killer would do.