‘Simpsons’ boss explains the major death: ‘We’re not the kind of show that does these really horrific things to its characters’

09.29.14 4 years ago

“The Simpsons” boss explains the major death: “We”re not the kind of show that does these really horrific things to its characters”
“It was something that would be a good exploration of the characters,” says exec producer Al Jean. “I thought it”d be good to say, 'This is what people think of heaven but it”s not exactly what you”re going to get-it”s more what you do on Earth that matters.'…. If you look back at the clues we gave, everything adds up, so I would find that satisfying. I wouldn”t feel like I was misled.” He adds: “We didn”t want a crazy death, or anything shocking, just true human emotion.” PLUS: Some fans were disappointed, Krusty the Clown isn”t a strong enough character to warrant an entire episode, and in defense of the major death.

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