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A death is coming to Springfield - and the mystery has just become a little less...mysterious.
Ever since showrunner Al Jean teased the idea
that a beloved Springfielder will die, the Simpsons fandom has been abuzz with conspiracies as to who the character getting the axe is.
Jean's only clues?
The character has appeared more than once, and the voice actor won an Emmy for playing the character.
The people who have won Emmys for voicing characters include Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble), Hank Azaria (Apu, Moe Syzlak, Comic Book Guy), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson), Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz).
Recurring stars Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel), Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob) and Jackie Mason (Rabbi Krustofski) have also won Emmys for their work on the show, as has Anne Hathaway for her one-time appearance as Princess Penelope.
However, there have been some clarifications. After her sad death, Jean confirmed that Marcia Wallace's Edna Krabappel would not be the one to die, and Kelsey Grammer admitted that Sideshow Bob is not getting the axe.
It can also be said that Hathaway's Princess Penelope is not getting killed either, as she only appeared in one episode.
Now Hank Azaria has weighed in on the conspiracy
, saying: “I honestly didn’t know who it was going to be, and now I do know…I can say that it’s not one of mine.”
This narrows the potential victims down considerably, as Azaria has voiced dozens of characters on the show's 25 seasons.
Jean has confirmed that the character will die in the Season 26 premiere, which will start in fall 2014.
Until then, let the speculations beginulate! (as Professor Frink would say)
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