It could also be not possible to think about a world with out The Simpsons, however Al Jean has tried anyway. The long-serving showrunner of Fox’s even longer-running animated hit lately revealed to the U.Okay. outlet Radio Times how the Simpson household would possibly journey off into the sundown ought to that day ever come to go. And in response to Jean, their path really appears to be like like extra of a full circle than a straight line.
“I mentioned that there would be an ending where the last episode, they’d be going back to the Christmas pageant from the first episode,” Jean mentioned, referring to “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” the 1989 vacation particular that launched Homer and his household from bit gamers on the short-lived Tracey Ullman Show to animated superstars. “So that the whole series was a continuous loop — that’s how I would end it, if I had to.”
Of course, Jean is fast so as to add that he hasn’t been requested to finish The Simpsons both by 20th Television or its new house owners on the Walt Disney Company. (Disney acquired the Fox community, together with the remainder of 21st Century Fox, in 2019.). “To be honest, the talk of ending, especially as we’re doing really well on Disney+ in the U.S. and the U.K. and other countries in the Americas, I don’t see anybody going, ‘Let’s wrap it up, or figure out how to get out of it’ at the moment.”
In reality, having hit the 700-episode milestone earlier this yr, the showrunner is already pondering forward to breaking the four-digit barrier. “I calculated that if we make it to 1,000 episodes, that’s 12 more seasons… So I’ll just be saying, I’ll be very happy to be here in 12 seasons’ time… [but] it’s not just a hop, skip and a jump, it’s a little further than that…”
Jean and his writers are already doing loads of issues to maintain the present recent for one more dozen years. On the Nov. 21 episode, Waylon Smithers will lastly discover a regular boyfriend, voiced by Victor Garber. Meanwhile, Springfield is changing into a extra numerous place, as new actors have been employed to play characters beforehand voiced by the unique vocal solid — all of whom are white. And along with weekly episodes on Fox, the Simpsons are additionally headlining streaming-only specials that premiere on Disney+.
So neglect about that full-circle ending. Just like one other Disney mainstay, The Simpsons is headed to infinity… and past.
The Simpsons airs Sundays at eight p.m. on Fox