One of the most closely-guarded secrets on TV at the moment is which “Simpsons” character will be dying in 2014. It was executive producer Al Jean who revealed that death was coming to Spingfield.
The only hints he gave was that an Emmy has been won for the character and it appeared in at least two episodes. That puts many characters in jeopardy, but Hank Azaria fans can rest easy.
The voice actor tells Entertainment Weekly, “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.” That crosses a lot of names off the list. Not only does Azaria have an Emmy for playing Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, he has four of them simply credited to “various characters.”
With Azaria’s hint, dozens of names come off the list, including popular characters like Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Carl, Cletus, Bumblebee Man, Superintendent Chalmers, Duffman, Professor Frink, Snake, Dr. Nick, Kirk Van Houten and Disco Stu.
Since it’s not likely that any members of the Simpson family will be dying, the best bet is still Rabbi Hyman Krustofski (Jackie Mason) or Princess Penelope (Anne Hathaway).
The episode with the death won’t air until Season 26 of the show, which premieres in the fall.