Longtime showrunner for The Simpsons Al Jean has resurfaced his idea for how the iconic show should eventually end after 30 years.
Initially written in 2014, Jean has brought his concept for how to end to long-running comedy series which would explain why the citizens of Springfield aren’t affected by the passing of time.
— Al Jean (@AlJean) July 1, 2018
Al Jean tweeted back in 2014: “My idea for last episode — ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…”
@EverySimpsons My idea for last episode — ends w/arrival at Xmas pageant (beginning of first episode). Whole series a continuous loop…
— Al Jean (@AlJean) August 21, 2014
Jean’s tweet references the first episode of season 1 “Simpsons Roasting On an Open Fire” which premiered December 17, 1989. Next year will be the episode’s 30th anniversary.
Meanwhile, Football fans have looked to an old Simpsons episode for an early prediction of which two sides will contest this year’s World Cup Final.
The season nine episode, “The Cartridge Family”, saw Mexico and Portugal contest a match which would “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on Earth”. The moment has been pulled up by fans following The Simpsons‘ recent strong track record with predicting real-life events, including Disney’s takeover of 20th Century Fox and the election of Donald Trump as US President.
Follwoing comedian Hari Kondabolu’s The Problem With Apu documentary which looked at the problematic nature of the Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, arguing that the character perpetuates a racial stereotype, a contest has been launched for fans to write episode to solve the Apu problem.
Indian-American filmmaker Adi Shankar has now launched a contest for a “screenplay centering on the character Apu set in the world and canon of The Simpsons that takes the character of Apu and in a clever way subverts him, pivots him, intelligently writes him out, or evolves him in a way that takes a mean spirited mockery and transforms him into a kernel of truth wrapped in funny insight aka actual satire”.