Despite having been on the air for more than 30 years -- or perhaps because of it -- The Simpsons may finally be wrapping up after the conclusion of its next season.
While speaking to Joe, Danny Elfman, the composer behind The Simpsons’ iconic theme song, has let it slip that the series may, in fact, be reaching the finish line. The Simpsons had recently found a new home for all of the series’ 603-and-counting episodes on the Disney+ streaming service.
“From what I’ve heard, it’s coming to an end,” Elfman told the folks over at Joe, before continuing, “I don’t know for a fact, but I’ve heard that it will be in its last year.” This is likely a shocking revelation to fans both new and old.
Elfman went on to tell the outlet, "All I can say is that I’m flabbergasted that it lasted as long as it did. You have to realize, when I scored The Simpsons, I wrote this crazy piece of music, and I expected no-one would hear it because I really did not think the show had a chance in hell. Really, I expected it would run for three episodes and get canceled, and that would be that, because it was so weird at the time, and I just didn't think it had a chance. So believe me, that is one of the truly big surprises in my life."
Should Elfman’s information prove to be correct, it will indeed be the end of an era for fans of the series. Having made its debut in 1989, there are currently millions of fans who have never existed in a world where new episodes of The Simpsons weren’t forthcoming.