The Simpsons are killing Bart Simpson this season.
Yes, you read that correctly. In their 27th season, Sideshow Bob is going to finally kill Bart.
At least, that’s what the creative team of The Simpsons unveiled at their panel discussion during this year’s Comic-Con in July, 2015.
As Mashable reported, when discussing the upcoming Halloween episode, titled Treehouse of Horrors XXVI, Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) finally accomplishes his lifelong dream to kill Bart Simpson. In fact, he does it over and over again, much to Bob’s delight. That episode will also feature Homerzilla as a larger-than-life Homer terrorizing a city.
After 25 years, they finally did a follow-up to "King Homer" by doing "Homerzilla." Can't wait for it #TheSimpsons— August Macias (@August_Macias) July 11, 2015
But that’s not the only episode viewers are looking forward to this season. The Simpsons will also provide their take on the classic movie Boyhood, with Bart Simpson being shown at various ages throughout this episode. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, to prove how difficult the show’s production for the Barthood episode really was, the voice of Bart – The Simpsons staple Nancy Cartwright – gave audience members a sample of Bart’s voices at ages 2, 6, 13 & 14.
Joining Cartwright, who made her Comic-Con debut this year, on the panel were executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director David Silverman. Guillermo del Toro made a special guest appearance on the panel this year. The director, who has previously had some of his work appear on the show, said he would like to appear on The Simpsons as Bumblebee Man’s brother.
According to IGN, Guillermo del Toro is slated to direct the annual Halloween show this season.
Despite Futurama‘s run coming to an end, there’s still hope for more Futurama/Simpsons crossovers, with Matt Groening confirming it was a possibility.
“Fans of Futurama are still watching the show on Netflix. You know how everything gets rebooted? Futurama will get rebooted someday. We’ll see.”
Leading up to Comic-Con, speculation about the return of voice cast member Harry Shearer was a hot topic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Shearer, the voice of multiple characters including Mr. Burns, had not signed his contract to return for two more seasons as all other cast members had. However, Al Jean reported Shearer had signed his contract to return to The Simpsons for a 27th and 28th season, with an option to return for two more seasons after that. Reportedly, the contract is worth up to $300,000 per episode and is the same for all prominent voice cast members.
Rumors also swirled about a possible separation between Marge and Homer. However, the show’s creators – and the characters themselves – debunked that rumor at the onset of the Comic-Con panel.
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