"The Simpsons" included this tribute to actress Marcia Wallace in the opening credits for the Nov. 3 episode.
The fall season premiere of "The Simpsons" will be a "Game of Thrones" parody called "The Yellow Wedding," and the show is committing to it in a big way: One of its characters will die for good. But which one? Barney? Grandpa? Krusty the Clown?
Spoilery speculation ahead: Showrunner Al Jean dropped a few hints about who's going to the big doughnut in the sky. “This is going to be a bigger deal than King Joffrey on 'Game of Thrones'– 'The Yellow Wedding'!” Jean told TV Line. “The character that dies is portrayed by an actor who won an Emmy for playing that character. People who reported on it then reported we were killing an ‘iconic’ character; I’d like to say it’s a great character, but I never used the word ‘iconic.’ It’s a terrific character and it [happens in] our premiere this coming year.”
Jean also implied that the actor who voices the doomed character doesn't voice any others on the show. "What we told the performer is, ‘This does not mean the end of your participation in 'The Simpsons,' " he said, suggesting they could return in a dream sequence or the Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror."
We're looking for an Emmy-winning actor who voices a character who's popular but not iconic, and who doesn't voice any other characters on the show. Fans have pieced that information together and believe they know who bites the dust: Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, Krusty the Clown's dad. Who? Well, quite. If "The Simpsons" wants to emulate "Game of Thrones," it's got to kill someone who's actually beloved.