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  • delerian
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    #303862

    I couldn’t find a regular The Simpsons thread so I created this topic.

    Apparently an iconic character is going to be killed this year. Al Jean also gave the hint:

    “I’ll give you a clue that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, but I won’t say who it is”

    http://www.eonline.com/news/465090/the-simpsons-producers-plot-to-kill-off-one-iconic-character-who-could-it-be

    So, looking through IMDB for Outstanding Voice Over Performance wins, I get (plausible iconic characters in bold)

    Anne Hathaway – Princess Penelope (not an iconic character)

    Dan Castellaneta – Homer Simpson (no way!)

    Kelsey Grammer – Sideshow Bob

    Dan Castellaneta – various for “Today I am a Clown”

    Hank Azaria – various for “Moe Baby Blues”

    Hank Azaria – various for “Worst Episode Ever”

    Hank Azaria – Apu

    Nancy Cartwright – Bart Simpson (no way!)

    Jackie Mason – Rabbi Krustofsky (not an iconic character)

    Julie Kavner – Marge Simpson (no way!)

    Julie Kavner – Patty and Selma

    Julie Kavner – Marge’s mother (not an iconic character)

    Marcia Wallace – Mrs. Krabappel

    Dan Castellaneta – various for “Lisa’s Pony”

    Breaking down the various characters played by the Emmy winning actor per the cited episodes:

    Dan Castelleneta – Today I am a Clown

    Santa’s Little Helper (not iconic)

    Krusty the Clown

    Rainier Wolfcastle (not iconic)

    Barney Gumble

    Hank Azaria – Moe Baby Blues

    Moe

    Chief Wiggum

    Carl Carlson

    Hank Azaria – Worst Episode Ever

    Comic Book Guy

    Dan Castelleneta – Lisa’s Pony

    Grampa Simpson

    Some of the voice actors are aging, so it is plausible they might want to retire. This makes me think that a major voice actor like Dan Castelleneta, Hank Azaria, or Julie Kavner won’t lose a character. So, to summarize, the list I’ve come up with is:

    1. Edna Krabapple (Marcia Wallace’s only major character)

    2. Sideshow Bob (guest character played by Kelsey Grammer)

    3&4. Patty or Selma (wouldn’t cause a major problem to get rid of a redundant character)

    5. Comic Book Guy

    6. Grampa Simpson

    7. Carl Carlson

    8. Barney Gumble

    9. Chief Wiggum

    10. Apu

    11. Moe

    12. Krusty

    Let me know if I made any errors in my research.

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    Renaton
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    They wouldn’t kill Sideshow Bob, as that would pu an end to Kelsey Grammer doing guest voice work for the show, and they like to have him on every now an then to shake things up when they are in rut.

    They will never kill Grampa either. He is a big fan favorite, and it’s one of the few characters that can still be funny at this stage of the show.

    I don’t think there are many that can be killed off. But I’d go with either Patty or Selma.

    Edna married Ned late on the show’s run, so killing her off would be perceived as cruel to Flanders to have both wives die. 

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    delerian
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    I picked Edna primarily due to the potential for Marcia Wallace to retire. She will be turning 71 in November, so it is plausible that she doesn’t want to continue doing voice acting. It would be cruel to Ned, but that is kind of the M.O. for the show. As far as Sideshow Bob, his episodes are getting a little repetitive. I don’t see that there is much more they can do with the character. For as far as we know, Kelsey Grammer might have suggested it. And either of these characters’ deaths would allow the writers to create a “Very Special Episode” and then turn it around in a cynical fashion.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    #303866

    Weird that both Family Guy and The Simpsons are doing this in the same year.

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    Renaton
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    The Simpsons has done it in the past. Hence the mentions of Flander’s wife.

    I don’t see them killing off Sideshow Bob. My feeling is they wanna have him around up to the final season.

    The show has been very cruel to Flanders in the past, but the episode where we get the reveal of them being married was one of the rare really good moments in the later seasons and was quite well received by fans and critics, because it took the character out of his comfort zone and gave him something nicer than grieving eternally for Maude. It even won an WGA. I don’t see them killing her off. Truth be told, as cynical as The Simpsons can be, it still has a lot of heartwarming moments and never really descends into making characters miserable for the sake of a joke. Flanders having two dead wives would be awful. If Marcia decided to retire, I hope they would just have her move out and simply have her not appear anymore.

    My guess is either Patty or Selma. Could also be Glenn Close returning as Homer’s mother. 

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    24Emmy
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    Could also be Glenn Close returning as Homer’s mother.

    Glenn Close didn’t win an Emmy though.

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    Macbeth
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    [quote=”Renato_Miranda”]Could also be Glenn Close returning as Homer’s mother.

    Glenn Close didn’t win an Emmy though.
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    And she already died in Season 19 (“Mona Leaves-a”) 

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    Ghost
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    Apu or Patty and Selma are what I’m guessing, though I’d hate to see them go.

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    dude93
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    They’re hardly going to get rid of Patty or Selma since Kavner is still there doing Marge’s voice. And it would be just random to get rid of one twin. Same goes for Hank Azaria and Apu – he still has countless other characters so it’s not relevant. My money goes on Marcia Wallace’s Edna. 

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    Atypical
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    #303872

    I’d guess either Grandpa or one of Marge’s sisters. I hope it’s not Flanders’ wife. Hasn’t that character been through enough already lol?

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    adamunc
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    I say Chief Wiggum dies in the line of duty and Ralph has to move in with the Simpsons. (“Go banana!”)

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    Renaton
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    [quote=”24Emmy”][quote=”Renato_Miranda”]Could also be Glenn Close returning as Homer’s mother.

    Glenn Close didn’t win an Emmy though.
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    And she already died in Season 19 (“Mona Leaves-a”) [/quote]

    Damn, I didn’t watch that episode. So hard to keep up with later day Simpsons! 

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    That Don Guy
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    Going by a strict interpretation of the hint about the Emmy, it won’t be Patty or Selma – “officially,” Julie Kavner’s Emmy was “only” for Marge.  Besides, I don’t think they would kill off Patty, as she’s one of the show’s few admittedly homosexual characters, and if they kill off Selma, what do they do with her daughter, Ling?

    My guess: Rabbi Krustofsky (Krusty’s father).  Jackie Mason was one of what I like to call the “original six” who won Emmys for the show in the first year of the voiceover category.  He’s definitely an “established character.”

    (My “B” guess: Chief Wiggum – I think Hank has said in the past that the voice is hard on his throat.  The only problem with this is, what do they do with Ralph?)

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    Renaton
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    Rabbi Krustofsky also makes sense when you consider it’s been a while they haven’t done a death of parent storyline. 

    I think Wiggum won’t happen because the writers love writing for him. If Azaria doesn’t want to do him much, they would just lower the number of appearances. But I could see it as well, just not as much.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Edna married Ned late on the show’s run, so killing her off would be perceived as cruel to Flanders to have both wives die. 

    Besides, they said that “what the fans have decided, let no writer toss asunder (or however you spell it).” Scratch that.

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