For a show that has been running for as long as The Simpsons has, the writers have been fairly reluctant to kill off any of their major characters.
Perhaps this shouldn’t be such a shock for a show that is primarily aimed at entertaining families, but it hasn’t prevented other sitcoms from covering this sensitive subject. Death is, after all, a certainty, and although Bart and Lisa may never actually age, it doesn’t mean that characters within The Simpsons universe shouldn’t come and go with the natural order of things.
That’s not to say that people haven’t died or been killed on The Simpsons – it’s more a case that these deaths have largely been left to characters who we haven’t grown any real attachment to, or exist simply within a bubble to further a story. Oh, and also pets. Lots and lots of pets.
There are exceptions to every rule of course, and that is just as true when it comes to The Simpsons. Even in a show that never seems to age, characters can grow stale or out of vogue, and the only option for the writers is to kill them off…
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