THE SIMPSONS Showrunner Reveals Brilliant Idea for How it Should End
The Simpsons' showrunner Al Jean has worked on the animated series since 1989 when he came on as a writer. If anyone has a say in how this show should end (if it ever ends), it's him or creator Matt Groening. In an interview with CNN, Jean reveals how he thinks the ideal way to end the series would be. He wants The Simpsons to have a circular narrative, and his idea involves going back to the very first episode of the series that aired on Fox. That episode happens to be the famous Christmas special, “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire.” Here’s the idea that Jean came up with.
“There is an ending I've always had in mind, which was, I thought it would be cool if in the last episode they're getting ready to go to a Christmas pageant, and they go to the Christmas pageant that opens up the first episode, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," so the entire series is a loop with no end. That would be my way of concluding the run, but nobody has asked me for it yet. “
I absolutely love that. It would be the perfect and most honorable way to close out the series. I grew up watching The Simpsons, it's one of those thing that shaped my childhood right on into and through adulthood. I actually got a little emotional thinking about the show actually coming to an end while writing this. That was weird, but it has just been a part of my life for so long. The show is currently in its 26th season, and according to Jean it's still going strong.
“I think we're the highest-rated show on the network, so it's not like there's an ending coming soon.”
But, when it does come to an end, this is the ending that I would like to see happen. What do you think about his idea on closing out the series?