Hold onto your shorts, dude! Springfield villain Sideshow Bob is ready to wreak havoc on The Simpsons, and one of the FOX hit's mainstays is planning to meet an untimely end. "You're going to see Sideshow Bob do something he's wanted to do for a long time," the animated classic's executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly in an interview at Austin’s ATX Television Festival on June 6.
As longtime Simpsons viewers know, Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) has sought payback since the 1990 episode in which Bart exposed Bob's plan to frame Krusty the Clown for robbery.
Though details on Bart's demise are being kept under wraps, Homer and Marge's son will fight for survival in The Simpsons' annual Halloween-themed Treehouse of Horror episode, which traditionally airs in October or November.
When Sideshow Bob exacts his revenge on the pint-sized troublemaker, it'll be 25 years in the making. "I'm one of the people that always wanted the Coyote to eat the Road Runner, so you can see where this is going," Jean told EW during a radio interview. "When I was a kid, I wanted the rabbit to get the Trix… I hated frustration comedy, so we'll scratch that itch on the Halloween special."
— Al Jean (@AlJean) June 7, 2015
However, Bart won't be banished from Springfield forever, said Jean. As is traditional with the Halloween-themed episodes, the story line will not impact later episodes, so it's safe to say Bart will reunite with Homer, Marge, Lisa, and the gang before too long.
Bart's demise isn't the only surprise to come out of The Simpsons this year. In May, mainstay Harry Shearer — the voice of Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders, among others — announced that he would not be returning to the show after a contentious contract dispute could not be settled. At this weekend's ATX Television Festival, Jean said that he's still holding out hope that the show can negotiate a deal with Shearer to return.
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