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    ‘The Simpsons’ To Kill Major Character

    FILE - In this  Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, file photo, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge and Maggie Simpson arrive at The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XX & 20th Anniversary Party in the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Danish toy company Lego confirmed Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, it will launch a special series themed on "The Simpsons" family globally in 2014. (AP Photo/Alaric Lambert, File)

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    Start placing those bets now. Simpsons executive producer Al Jean announced on Tuesday that a major character will “pass away” in season 25 or 26. While Jean wouldn’t say who, he teased that “the actor playing this character won an Emmy” for the role—although almost all the character actors on The Simpsons have won Emmys at some point. Jean said the story will be produced throughout this season, the show’s 25th, but it might not actually occur on-screen until the 26th season. Over the years, The Simpsons has killed off seven characters, including Maud Flanders. Although Jean wouldn’t give any more clues, he did say he hoped the stunt would bring in Breaking Bad-type number of viewers.

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