The show isn't as good because Homer knows he's in a cartoon and can therefore do what he wantsWe know the show isn't as good as the Golden Era, and lots of people point to Homer's increasingly Jerkass behaviour. But why would he care less and less about his actions? Because he knows he faces almost no repercussions for his actions. In Homer the Heretic, Homer meets God, and God tells him the meaning of life. And this is when God tells him that he lives in a cartoon. Homer begins to use this knowledge to his advantage. It can't undo death, which is why his mum stays dead after passing away in Mona Leaves-A. Other changes stay because A) he doesn't care, such as Kirk and Luann splitting up, or doesn't mind, such as Lisa's vegetarianism.
The Simpson family's money problems or lack there ofThe reason that for the last ten seasons or so it always seems like the Simpsons have enough money, despite always being nearly broke in the early years of the show is that Mister Burns has been paying off Homer, as the nuclear plant's safety inspector, to overlook the many appealing safety violations that could shut the planet down. Homer being who he is doesn't realize what the payola is for and thinks it's for being a good nuclear guy. Mister Burns doesn't realize that Homer's laxness at enforcing safety regs is due to stupidity and laziness rather than a desire to play ball and keeps the payola coming.
Armin Tamzarian was born out of an affair between Sheldon Skinner and a hooker from Capital CityAlright, before you start running to my door with pitchforks and torches, watch Curse of the Flying Hellfish again, do you see how similar Sheldon Skinner looks to Armin Tamzarian? so here we go, at some point before joining the Flying Hellfish, Sheldon Skinner had spent some time in Capital City, and had an affair with a Prostitute, this resulted in the concieving of Armin Tamzarian, which would techically make both Tamzarian and the real Seymour Skinner Half Brothers
The Simpsons Movie, as well as the Christmas Episode "Holidays of Future Passed" are the true series finales.In the movie Homer messes up big time to the point where he almost destroys Springfield, the town wants him dead, Bart finds a new father figure, and Marge tapes over their wedding video. In the end, he saves the day, Bart and Homer finally bond, Homer learns that other people are more important than him, a minor character is Killed Off for Real, and Lisa meets her first real boyfriend so far. Unlike other future episodes, Holiday of Future Passed isn't told by a fortune teller or a look into the future. The main plot is set up by Bart and Lisa whining about having to get their Christmas pictures taken, then fast forward. Unlike other flashfowards, this one seems to be canon.
Bart's Preschool Teacher was eventually firedHows that for Laser-Guided Karma?
A second movie will be made after the show finally ends to give the series one, big, final sendoff.And it will be the only thing that could possibly make sense: Sideshow Bob joins with and/or tricks Mr. Burns in aiding him in assembling a group of people who the Simpson Family has made enemies of.
Marge and Homer could be siblings.When Marge's mother and Homer's father met in an episode, their attraction is immediate and they start dating, as if they not only knew each other but had a romantic history. This means Marge and Homer could be half-siblings.. which explains the family's yellow skin and numerous cracks about their family inbreeding.
The Simpsons and the town of Springfield are sentient, computer-created simulations involved in a "Dark City" experimentThe Simpsons and their fellow Springfieldians think they are regular people living in a regular town, but in reality they are computer simulations being run by a bored group of aliens in a Dark City type of simulation. The reason why Status Quo is God is because they usually set back events, memories, and the progression of time at the end of each "arc" (represented as episodes). Just for kicks, though, they'll often leave some hint or memory of what came before, enough for that memory to have an effect on the personality of the character, but not enough for them to put two-and-two together. That's why their personalities tend towards Flanderization over time - the repeated simulations are reinforcing certain traits, until
Nelson Muntz is a Powerful PsychicOr at least a powerful telepath. His influence covers the entire town. This is how he's able to laugh at the misfortune of other people he can't even see, and call them on the phone so they can hear him laugh. One episode even has him Astral Projecting! The only things holding him back from making good use of his power are his crippling Parental Abandonment Issues and his being a card-carrying bully.
Springfield and everything associated with it is a fantasy world created by Haruhi Suzumiya.Think about it. It would explain so many things. Nobody seems to know what state it's in. There's the constant Flanderization and idiocy of so many of its residents. Most of them are yellow, and all of them have four fingers. The Status Quo Is God. The whole messy Separate Simpsons Geography Thing.
We see Springfield through the eyes of Maggie Simpson
Bart and Lisa are at the centre of a Status Quo Is God effectOkay, this takes a fair bit of explaining. Bart and Lisa are at the centre of a Status Quo Is God phenomenon, which explains why Status Quo Is God in this show. The rest of the cast is affected to a degree directly proportionate to how often they interact with Bart or Lisa, with twice the effect for any incident if it's with both at the same time. Homer, for example, spends a large amount of time in proximity to Bart and Lisa both and interacts with them on a far greater scale than anyone else in the series; thus, nearly EVERYTHING that happens to him is neatly resolved at the end of the episode or snapped back by the next one. Sideshow Bob spends very little time near them, as he's in prison most of the time for trying to kill Bart; when he IS trying to kill Bart, he seems to be prone to the same kind of mistakes each time (that is, letting his ego get in the way). Apu has just enough contact with Bart and Lisa to be a recurrer, but little more. When he interacts with them, the status quo is restored promptly (such as the episode where he gets fired from the Kwik-E-Mart). But the longer he stays away from them, the more his personal story develops: he gets married, has octuplets, etc etc... and at least some of this is Take Our Word for It.
Milhouse's mother Luanne is his father Kirk's dopplerganger from ShelbyvilleShe mentions she was born in Shelbyville, and several other characters had counterparts.
Lisa became a Buddhist because Richard Gere, a famous celebrity, didShe didn't need to convert to another religion; she only had to change to another church or parish. Lisa is prone to jump on trendy intellectual bandwagons - think how she embraced vegetarianism - and it's no stretch to assume she became a Buddhist because it was a trend among the Hollywood elite prior to Scientology.
An ancient prophecy states that Rupert Murdoch's media empire will only last as long as The Simpsons keeps airing new episodesThis explains the show's unprecedented longevity on a network with a cancel-happy reputation.
The secret to The Simpsons' longevity involves Matt Groening selling his soul and Al Jean and Mike Scully sabotaging their own show and the competitionAfter season four, Matt Groening was facing a crisis: his best writers were leaving due to exhaustion, the show was at the height of its popularity, and there was a line of Dueling Shows waiting to replace The Simpsons as the edgy sitcom that dares to reflect life's foibles with loving satire. Rather than call it quits and cancel the show like a sane person, Groening took a page from Saturday Night Live and decided to make it better with new writers, not accounting for the fact that this practice doesn't always garner great results. Distraught over how cartoony and surreal the show was turning out, Groening planned to end the show and attempt suicide after completion of the season five finale "Secrets to a Successful Marriage" (the episode where Homer gets thrown out of the house for telling Marge's secrets during a "How to Fix Your Marriage" class at the local Learning Annex), but stopped when Mike Scully and Al Jean offered to help Matt fix the show — for a price. This led to episodes featuring plots normally found in wacky Saturday morning cartoons or sappy, traditional sitcoms — the only things making them Simpson-esque are the pop culture references and the characters. Groening was too whacked out on antidepressants to care, which is why he never intervened. He did protest over that Cross Over episode with Jay Sherman from The Critic, but he was force-fed more antidepressants and blacked out before any action could be taken. By the time season eight rolled around, Mike Scully and Al Jean were having too much fun warping The Simpsons and hired Bill Oakley and Josh Weinsten to create the episode "The Itchy, Scratchy, and Poochie Show" as a "Screw You" to fans who loved the show's early years (even though seasons one and two were wretched—in both animation and writing, so the fans * really* need to take off the rose-colored glasses when waxing nostalgic about The Simpsons's early years). Matt Groening confronted Jean and Scully about the episode, but Jean and Scully took care of the upcoming conflict by giving Matt loads and loads of money and decided, "What the hell? Plenty more fans where that come from." This was not to last, though. Following the creation and airing of "The Principal and the Pauper" (the episode where Principal Skinner turns out to be an impostor named Armin Tamzarian and the real Seymour Skinner was a POW who was thought to have died during the Vietnam War), Groening realized that he had sold his soul and left the show in disgrace (his final wish was to have his names in the Executive Producer so no one would know that he had left). After a year of trying to find himself, Groening teamed up with David X. Cohen (who was also screwed over by Jean and Scully for suggesting to revert The Simpsons back to the way it was in season 3 — somewhat like a sappy family sitcom, but with enough sarcasm to keep the treacle from sticking and poke fun at how cornball family sitcom conventions can be) and together, the two went to work on creating Futurama. Angry that Groening reneged on their deal (and took a fellow writer with him), Jean and Scully decided to sabotage the show so Matt Groening can get blamed for the show's sorry state. Things got worse when Phil Hartman (the man who voiced crooked lawyer Lionel Hutz and washed-up, alcoholic, fish-humping B-movie actor Troy McClure) died at the hands of his wife — now Jean and Scully had no hook to get the more jaded viewers to watch the show. To make matters worse, Jean and Scully hired old college friends, drinking buddies, and their own family members as writers, who may be fans of the show, but wouldn't know how to write an episode if someone held them at gunpoint and forced them, so in a desperate bid to keep The Simpsons on the air (especially around the time that a batch of Dueling Shows were airing on network TV and cable), Jean and Scully pulled every trick in the book to get people to watch the show — celebrity guests that added nothing to the plot, wackier stories, a Very Special Episode where someone important dies but it turns out to be the least important character in the cast. When that served only to drive more viewers away (leaving behind only but the truly braindead/heavily medicated/rabid fans who couldn't tell a good episode from a bad one), Jean and Scully called upon the studio janitor (who practices voodoo in his spare time) to create dolls symbolizing all the shows that threatened to take the place of The Simpsons and regularly stuck needles in them whenever Jean and/or Scully read a scathing review about this week's episode of The Simpsons being a steaming pile and declaring that an hour of The Weather Channel would make for better, smarter viewing. A lot of the Dueling Shows, like Mission Hill, The Oblongs, Baby Blues, King of the Hill, and Sit Down, Shut Up were easily defeated, but the ones like South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, Cartoon Network's [adult swim] line-up, and American Dad! proved to be harder to defeat and sticking needles in them only got the shows temporarily canceled (cf. Futurama and American Dad!) or gave them temporary-to-severe Seasonal Rot (cf. Family Guy, South Park, some of the shows on Adult Swim that weren't cancelled after one or two seasons). When that failed, Jean and Scully simply bribed people to praise the show and favor it over other superior shows such as Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Battlestar Galactica and created The Simpsons Movie in a feeble attempt at staying culturally relevant. Sadly, it worked well enough for The Simpsons to stay on the air longer. To this day, Jean and Scully continue to curse good animated shows and use their janitor's magic to keep the Simpsons on the air as a Franchise Zombie, but with the tepid reviews from season 21's "Judge Me Tender," the magic may be fading.
Springfield is in a parallel universeWhy else do you think we can never find it?
Homer has powers of similar magnitude to Haruhi SuzumiyaLike all the other Haruhi Suzumiya WMGs on this page, it explains the Status Quo Is God and all of Homer's abilities. Homer may or may not realize that he has these powers. If not, his powers are whimsical. If he DOES know, then he is playing with everyone and generally using Obfuscating Stupidity. Think about it: all of the times he has died and come back to life, his vast number of jobs, his whimsical abilities, his constantly losing money, the number of things that have no longer taken place as soon as he forgets about them, and his losing and regaining his job so often. Several times, he has changed the past to accommodate himself (the barbershop quartet, the grunge band, his and Marge's several first meetings...). Bart and Lisa may or may not have powers. Maggie, in accordance to the WMG above, may have inherited his powers and become Haruhi Suzumiya. Also take note that the person he married is one of the most normal people in the show, aside from any abilities he may have given her. Marge could be Homer's Kyon. The Treehouse of Horror segments could be Homer or Maggie's stress relievers where they kill themselves and anybody else that annoys them. Also, Springfield is nearly permanently enclosed in Closed Space. The surroundings vary by state, proximity to the ocean, desert, forests and mountains depending on how Homer feels. As a side note, Homer's way of instantly traveling is to say "Well, here we are at the...!"
Ralph Wiggum had a severe mental injuryBecause he wasn't always that stupid.
Ralph Wiggum is a complete idiot because he is part pigWord of Dante has said that Chief Wiggum is 'from the shallow end of the gene pool', explaining his pig-like nose, and that of his wife. Ralph inherited both the nose and the shallowness.
Homer is aware of the show's Status Quo Is God / Negative Continuity issues and uses it to his advantageThis is why he lives so far beyond his means: he knows that by next week it won't matter.
Homer Simpson is in his own Truman ShowAnd he's gone insane from decades of it. This is why Homer can get away with anything. His entire reality is geared around keeping him safe and the status quo the same. Maude Flanders cracked under the pressure and left years ago. And this is why Marge keeps returning to him; her real relatives need the money.
"Behind The Laughter" provides an in-universe explanation for everythingThe show declining in quality over the years? That's Homer's Executive Meddling. Flanders becoming increasingly unlikable? Homer doesn't like the real guy who he's based on, so he made him less sympathetic. The characters never aging? Gary Coleman syndrome: they're a lot older than they appear.
Bart practices Obfuscating StupidityWhenever he's tasked with something other than school work, he tends to show intelligence and aptitude. But the minute he's in a school setting, he's shown to be a straight F student, dumber than a sack of hammers. Bart just hates school, and it's easier for him to get away with his behaviour if everyone thinks he's stupid, when in fact he simply can't be bothered with it.
Each season of The Simpsons exists in a parallel universe, completely separate from one another.This would explain why time never passes, no matter how long the show has been on and no matter how much time passes during each individual episode. There have been over 400 episodes to date, and yet the characters never age. Even if each episode represented one day, at least one year should have passed in their timeline; and the episode with the Itchy and Scratchy movie spans about eight months. Also, this theory would explain the contradictory origins of each of the characters, such as the numerous accounts of how Homer and Marge met, whether they met during the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s. And then there's the matter of why Homer is stupid - whether it's because of a gene that makes all male Simpsons become stupid as they get older, or if Homer was once a genius and a crayon that he shoved up his nose as a child made him stupid. Each season is its own timeline, excepting Seasons 6 and 7, which are directly connected by a two-part episode and so are only one timeline. Any time an episode references events from an earlier season, they acknowledge those events as happening in Broad Strokes. When Homer asks, "Marge, what were your gambling debts last year?" he is referencing a gambling problem that Marge had; but in the reality of that episode, it might have been dealt with differently, and the characters would have been one year younger.
Time passes in a different way, and people don't get older that easily on Simpsons.They're probably living on a time where years aren't really that much compared to days, and thus, a school "year" could take a while to pass; also, they probably live a lifespan of 300~350 of our years, explaining how they don't get old. Any references to age told by them were according to our notion of years, and vague idea of apparent age in characters; Abe Simpson might look 80 years old, but he's probably around 275 of our years.
Principal Skinner's Freudian Slip about "his beloved smother" represented his deep seated desire to kill herHe wasn't saying it because she was smothering him, he was saying it because he wants to smother her.
Celebrity Guest Stars show up in Springfield due to it being in another universeOne thing that supports this is that no one knows where Springfield is in the USA, Springfield (and surrounding towns) is in a parallel universe and celebrities are somehow zapped through a wormhole or a tear in reality and become yellow with 4 finger and forget everything from their universe after leaving Springfield, they just lose their memories of what just happened when they come back.
The series The Simpsons is attempting to bring about the end of the world.In a few years, the show will have used 30-40% of all celebrities in existence. On December 12, 2012, an episode will air featuring Summer Glau, Drew Carey and Kevin Bacon. This will cause the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon to compress and eventually collapse in on itself, taking the rest of the world with it.
Nelson Muntz grew up, built a time machine, and came back as Barney Gumble.Just look at the two next to each other; the resemblance is uncanny.
"Eddie" and "Lou" are titles, not namesI got the idea from this quote:
Wiggum: And Eddie, you're promoted to Lou.
Eddie: Nice. And, uh, who's gonna be Eddie?
Wiggum: We don't need an Eddie.
Superdude the gerbil really shot Mr. Burns.Don't believe me? Open your eyes to the truth!
The entire series exists in a warped reality.The earliest sign? During the episode where Bart becomes a scout he points out the inaccurate tenting technique used in an Itchy and Scratchy episode, where Lisa points out that cartoons don't have to be realistic. At which point Homer walks by the living room window even though he's sitting behind them on the couch. This is how we know that no matter what happens in continuity, it won't be constant! The Simpsons live in a world were physics do not exist!
The entire city of Springfield changes its location every week.It has the power to travel to any place in the USA, much like the mansion in Popotan can in Japan. Also, like in Popotan, the residents never age. The only major difference is that it doesn't jump forward in time when it moves.
The city of Springfield was built by Bloody Stupid Johnson.This explains the rapidly shifting geography and impossibility to locate.
An Eldritch Abomination has taken root in Springfield.This thing also has reality warping abilities that prevent time from moving forward as part of its goals. Only time is moving forward at the same time it isn't. This is what allows Springfielders to acknowledge past events despite never aging. The mass Flanderization is a side effect of people reliving existence continuously while moving forward. The one thing it has problems dealing with is death, thus why dead characters tend to remain dead.
Lisa is actually Al GoreEnvironmental obsession, everyone?
Springfield is a Traction CityThis would answer the the age-old question: Why is Springfield a coastal city one day and landlocked the next? Simple: between the episodes, the citizens simply put the city on wheels and move to another location. The reason being time in the past, the Mayor of Springfield (possibly as a misinterpretation of orders during the Vietnam War) literally mobilized the city. However, instead of practicing Municipal Darwinism, they simply go along trading with the locals.
The reason no one ever ages in this (or almost every cartoon) is due to cartoons living in an alternate universeWe'll use the Springfield Universe in this case. One Springfieldian year (as in 1 year for their species, like dog years) is MUCH longer than ours (as far as I can tell it's over 20 years), but 1 calendar year is still 365 days. That is why Abe and Mr. Burns are both WWI and WWII Vets when the last WWI Vet is almost dead (if not already).
The Flanderization is all due to the machinations of the Cult of SkaroAlright, this might need some explanation, the characters of The Simpsons' universe, along with Family Guy and South Park are being manipulated by the Cult of Skaro, who are making the characters behave in a way they wouldn't do normally, allowing the characters to help them proceed to their ultimate goal; reality itself being conquered. They are using different tactics with each universe; with this one, Sec, realising that he can't simply use stupidity to his advantage, is being cleverer and more manipulative, using each of the characters' flaws to his advantage (e.g. Homer's gullible tendencies, depression and worry that he amounts to nothing and Marge's worry about the safety of her family). Bart and Lisa? Deliberately working with Sec and are currently manipulating others into helping them. In Bart's case, it's because he simply signed up For the Lulz. In Lisa's case, it's because she genuinely believes (or knows) that working with Sec will make her universe, as well as others, a better place, making her a Well-Intentioned Extremist who believes Utopia Justifies the Means.
Homer Dies All The Time EverWhenever some event happens that should logically result in Homer's death, he does in fact die, and the rest of the episode takes place in a new reality created by his brain, which he is then brought back to life in. Because Homer would have remained dead in the time it takes his brain to create a new reality, brain cells start dying, making him stupider. Every continuity error or instance of Flanderization, is a result of Homer's decaying mind not able to completely recreate the previous reality. The series will end when the last of his brain cells finally die.
Homer is a literal example of quantum immortalityEvery time Homer does something stupid that should result in his death or maiming the show switches to an alternate reality where he somehow survives. With time Homer, who started off with sub-par intelligence, comes to ignore everyone around him who warns him about danger because they've been wrong literally every time in the past. Hence his Flanderization as the series has progressed. With some adjustments this could explain why there's so little change in the town and why all the characters become more and more extremely caricatured with time - the idea behind quantum suicide is applied not just to death but also to major negative consequences to all actions for most of the towns inhabitants most of the time. Because none of the towns natives ever suffer any real negative reinforcement due to their actions they never learn to termper their behaviour to make themselves more acceptable to the world at large.
Homer really did sleep with Mindy, he just imagined she was Marge"Marge" is wearing the exact same dress and it's in the exact same hotel room. Homer just imagines she was Marge to relive his guilt.
Kirk and Luanne Van Houten (Milhouse's parents) are first cousins about a dozen generations removed.Anyone can see that they look almost identical, even without eyeglasses. Plus, it's been established that Luanne was born in Shelbyville, and Shelbyville was established by a settler partner of Jebediah Springfield's who wanted to legalize incest. The Van Houtens are one of the original Shelbyville settler families who later repudiated incest; they consciously split the family up in about 1890, with different relatives relocating to different communities, so they wouldn't be tempted to "experiment" anymore. Kirk's great-grandparents moved to Springfield and renamed themselves "Van Houten"; they never told any of their descendants about their shameful past, which is why Kirk believes that he and his wife have roots in separate towns. The fact that Luanne looks so much like him never made him suspicious because Kirk is mildly mentally retarded and as a child was told by his mother that "every boy wants a girl who reminds him of his mother" - and Kirk took it literally.
Abe and Mona Simpson were already related before marriage.Similar to the previous WMG. This is the only way to fit 'The Color Yellow' into the (admittedly feeble) continuity. Abe was descended from Virgil and Mabel, while Mona was descended from Eliza's part of the family after Hiram remarried.
Lester and Eliza are descended from Eliza Simpson.This explains why they look so much like Bart and Lisa. Presumably, their entire family consists of Simpsons lookalikes.
Springfield exists on a floating continent somewhere above the U.S.Take into mind that such contains not only Springfield, but at least Shelbyville and Capitol City as well. It's obviously a large enough landmass that it can have its own highways, airports, and so forth, but small enough that the garbage of other cities can cause the end of "Trash of the Titans" - incidentally, a part of the continent must be uninhabitable due to it. It stays high enough that it can appear to border Nevada, Ohio, Maine, and Kentucky from the vantage point of the highest mountains, but can come low enough to enable the Simpsons rapid transit via car or train to places like New York or Florida. Incidentally, in-universe people don't seem to care, have become used to it, or perhaps convince themselves that Springfield doesn't actually exist.
Bart is strawberry blond.In one episode he has been shown to have natural red hair. He said he dyed it blond. Even when he was little it was blond. So he probably has very dark strawberry blond. Ignore the impossibilities of this theory. The Simpsons isn't sensible.
The show was originally supposed to take place during The 60s.The early Tracey Ullman shorts seem kind of... retro, even for the 80s. In some shorts, their TV looks like it was made in the 50s, and it comes complete with a rabbit-ears antenna. Matt Groening has said that Marge's hair was inspired by the "beehive" hairstyle that was popular at the time. It could be possible that the entire show began as a nostalgic look at Matt's childhood.
Hans Moleman is a Promethean.Everyone hates him for no reason whatsoever, he's rather hideous (so that just rules out Galateans), and he's literally died and come back to life several times.
Ralph Wiggum is smarter than he appears.In fact, he's above-average in intelligence. One episode, where he was a presidential candidate (don't ask) and the left- and right-wings were hounding him to be on their side, Lisa tries to comfort him. She said that he shouldn't let them use him. Ralph says, "well maybe I want to use them." He then tells her (in a childish way) how he would improve the country. If the comics are to be believe (and they're probably not), Ralph was shown to have an eidetic memory. Lisa took advantage of this and helped him get a B+ on a history test. (He would've gotten a better mark if he didn't write about Lincoln's head melting.) Perhaps he is smart, but lacks the confidence to display it.
Homer is Obfuscating Stupidity.He never had Moe put the crayon back in his brain - he worried that he would have died and left his family in despair. This would account for several outbursts of higher intelligence (such as having a high grasp on the concept of a think tank, sarcastically pointing out little-known facts about European history); his masquerade is slipping.
"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" is the final episode out of order.Somebody (I forget who) made this suggestion on the DVD commentary for the episode.
They are all suffering from jaundice.
Homer's Flanderization is the result of head injury.When Homer crashed down the Springfield Chasm, he suffered brain damage that is causing him to be more of a Jerkass, and more injuries make him even less intelligent. Marge puts up with him because he's become mentally ill, which is why he gets away with a lot
There is little to no continuity due to time travel.Professor Frink has already invented a time machine, and his messing around leads to Flanderization and no continuity. This is also why Springfield can't be found; Frink's time-traveling is changing where Jebediah settled in America and sometimes where buildings were put.
Springfield is trapped in a Time Loop.We know it isn't as simple as Negative Continuity, because they refer to previous events. The reason for this is because Springfield(and Shelbyville) is stuck in a time loop, where every year it resets at most two years. However, there's a certain extent of Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory, so each version of the year is different from the last. Certain events, such as Maude's death, are constants that can't be negated. Different origin stories are the result of conflicting memories, which causes Flanderization. The rest of the planet is immune from this, hence why it hasn't stayed 1990. This is likely due to the above theory of Frink messing around with time travel, creating the Time Loop. Whenever Negative Continuity is averted, its because the Time Loop is an imperfect one-some events remain, but the timeline is struggling to make sense of them. That, and some events are likely to repeat each time loop.
Mr Burns is undead.In the early seasons, he seemed pretty normal for his age. But now,he's a pathetically weak old man, incapable of simple tasks. The reasons for this is simple-Mr Burns isn't actually alive. At some point, he ended up dying, but he made a Deal with the Devil so he'd stay alive. The result is a body only able to function due to the powers of Satan. Any character incosistencies are the result of having a dead brain. The reason Burns harvests organs is to find a way of being truly alive.
Some day in the future, The Simpsons will be the longest running TV series in human historyWell ... does anybody doubt it?
Moleman is Kenny McCormick's grandfather of Kenny in about 60/70 yearsThis would explain how many times he's died
Springfield's state is really......the State of Existence.
The show's seemingly never-ending run is really Spring Time For Hitler by Matt Groening.Think about it: by the time Season 9 was coming to a close, Groening decided he had enough. He felt the show had a nice run and that it was time to move on. Unfortunately, the show was still a cash cow and Groening knew damn well that the cash-mongering executives at Fox wouldn't can the show just yet. So what better way to abandon your fanbase than to make your show Jump the Shark? Going into season 10, Groening did everything he could to make the show as bad as possible (the jerkassination of Homer, Flanderization, crappy jokes, the works). This plan would've worked...if the show still didn't get substantial ratings. Groening now suffers the consequences and has been forced to create 10+ seasons (and counting!) ever since, thanks to Fox. When will Groening's ingenious plan finally work? Only time will tell...
Randall from Recess is Moe Syzslak as a child.His status carried on through his childhood and he eventually decided to open a bar.
A future Treehouse of Horror episode will feature a Soul Eater parody.Okay, the likelyhood is very low, but how kickass would that be?
The Simpsons takes place in The Sims 1 universeThat's why they never age, and why Homer can quit and get his job back so easily.
Nelson and Lisa Simpson still have feelings for each other, or in the future will have a romance.Nelson always shows his "good side" when with Lisa, and the new episode Loan-a-Lisa they hold hands (for *support*) and rollerskate together. Their past relationship is one of the few things referanced often. Some of the writers have admitted to liking the pairing as well.
Homer is a pyrokinetic, and doesn't know it.Remember that episode where he somehow sets breakfast cereal on fire? Or that episode where he lightly strokes a christmas tree and it bursts into flames? Or that episode where he and a bunch of his drunk buddies drive carelessly in his car in the school, causing a soccer goal to explode for no apparent reason? Rule of funny aside, this is the best possible explanation.
Krusty married Princess Penelope.He mentioned being married in the newest season. Why not?
Grandpa Simpson was making up the story of the Simpsons being decendants of black people.He just made all that up to make Lisa feel better. Seriously, he even says so himself that most of his stories are total bull. He's a dodering, senile old man.
The Simpson's are not related to Virgil at all.The only reason Grandpa brought it up is because Lisa was upset. Along with the fact that it wasn't written in the cookbook with the other story about Eliza and Virgil, and that Homer looks just like Hiram, and it was just said by Grandpa to cheer up his granddaughter.
The A Plot of "Flaming Moe" was partially based on my Fan Fic Day Under The SunPlot gets kicked off by Mr. Burns and Smithers having some sort of squabble? Check. Smithers gets Moe to help him get what he wants from Mr. Burns? Check. Moe/Smithers Ship Tease despite Moe being fully aware that he is straight due to feeling down? Checkity check. I wrote it two seasons ago, plenty of time for them to find it.note
Springfield technically has a one child policyExcept that you're allowed to apply for an exemption. The pattern of acceptance for such means it's more like a 'Stop having kids once you get a healthy girl' policy. Hence:
Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade isn't too memorable to some people.The episode, at one point, implies Springfield to be in Illinois, and yet most fans still don't know Where the Hell Is Springfield?. Now the only reason why nobody else knows where Springfield is (as of 2002, the airdate of that episode) is because they barely or not at all remember that episode.
Milhouse is in love with Bart.We know that Milhouse has been madly infatuated with Lisa for years on the show, right? But in Double, Double Boy in Trouble, he falls in love with Bart's fake sister Quenley immediately after he sees her and with nary a thought to Lisa. When Bart points this out, Milhouse confidently answers, "Yeah, but that [with Lisa] was never gonna happen." What's really going on is that Milhouse is actually in love with Bart, but being only a ten year old boy he can't cope with the emotional strain of realising that he's gay (remember how the school psychiatrist had him classified as "flamboyantly homosexual"?) so he transfers his feelings to the nearest thing he can ever have to Bart — Bart's sister. It doesn't matter who she actually is, Milhouse will always have unrequited feelings for some female relative of his best friend because she represents the person he can never have.
Harry Shearer can criticize The Simpsons because he is too invaluable to replace.He's the only one on the crew to admit that the show has Jumped the Shark long ago. (Remember, even if people disagree on when, most people think it has.) But because he plays virtually half the male supporting cast, it would not be worth it for Fox and Gracie Films to replace him. They would have to hire at least a dozen more people to replace the voices of all the characters he voices. And they simply cannot kill or otherwise get rid of all of them, or even half of them.
Jasper Beardley is Otto Mann's maternal grandfatheror possibly uncle.
Selma Bouvier only marries characters voiced by recurring guest starsThat's why she married Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), Lionel Hutz (voiced by Phil Hartman), Troy Mc Clure (also voiced by Hartman), and Disco Stu (originally voiced by Hartman). Her next husband will either be Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna) or if she possesses any of her twin sister's lesbian tendencies, Lindsey Naegle or Cookie Kwan (both voiced by Tress Mac Neille.
In the episode where Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma, Homer was in on the planThe reason for this is because he hated Selma. Who's idea was it to go for a walk when Selma is watching Mcguyver? Homers. The reason Bob needed Homer to say this idea is because if the idea came from someone else, and Marge could witness it, then Bob would look less suspicious for leaving the room at that exact time. When Bart tries to explain that Sideshow Bob is going to kill Selma, Homer doesn't really not understand what Bart is saying, Homer is just stalling for time.
Regarding Krusty is only illiterate when it comes to EnglishKrusty is illiterate in the first few seasons. His family is Jewish and he probably is bilingual in English and Yiddish or Hebrew. He can speak English but can only read the other language. It's possible his grandparents from Eastern Europe lived with him as a kid and didn't speak English. The cue cards on his show were also in another language. He then didn't learn to read and write English til he was an adult.
Every Three Seasons of the Simpsons represent one year in Springfield, and all of the characters are actually slightly older than the perspective of the show admitsIn Season Three, Bart and Lisa turned 10 and 8 respectively. At that point the show was in its third season. Since there have been 24 seasons, if the show operated on a three season per year timetable, and Bart and Lisa started out as 9 and 7 respectively than at the current time Bart would be 16 and Lisa would be 14. There have been complaints that Lisa's activism and persona don't work if she's still 8, but if she's really 14 her persona may make more sense. As to why there still in a public school run by "Seymour Skinner" Springfield is a terrible town that Houses it's entire public school program within the confines of what was once simply Springfield Elementary back when the Simpson family first welcomed Santa's Little Helper into their midst. All of the direct mentions of age are part of some kind of skewed perspective, exactly who's skewed perspective it is that makes us think Bart is still ten in universe is open to interpretation. But it might be the parents in the family, unwilling to admit their children are growing up. The main problem with this theory is of course Maggie, though of course, the skewed perspective might be at work there too. Perhaps Maggie is actually seven, and Homer and Marge continue to see her as a baby because they won't accept their children gradually growing up. Given Maggie's demonstrated intelligence, I can't think of another explanation for her behavior according to this theory. I'll admit this is a entirely unlikely theory, but if the show may actually be a matter of alternate universes or Truman Show shenanigans, is a show with the false perspective impossible?
Ned and Edna won't stay together.Seriously, Status Quo Is God. They'll either sabotage the vote or break them up two seasons later.
Bart will get a bear at some point.Remember 'They'll Never Stop the Simpsons'? "Marge becomes a robot" was done as a cutaway gag in "The Heartbroke Kid", "how bout a crazy wedding" happened in 'Rome-old and Juli-eh'... it's only a matter of time before he gets that bear.
The Simpson family are cosmic horrors.They just have no clue about it. First off is Abraham Simpson, who's Lovecraftian Superpower allows him and Mr Burns to remain the same age during WWII, despite Comic Book Time making them younger and younger during then. Homer Simpson, being his son, is next. He has the capabilities of surviving every injury thrown at him, however this causes stupidity. As mentioned above, Lisa and Bart have a Status Quo Is God effect. All members of the Simpson family have the inherent ability to randomly alter history, at during their lifespans. All Simpsons have this ability, originating from their common Eldritch Abomination ancestor, Jebediah Simpson.
Moe Syzslak is the trapped soul of a dead man, forced to atone for his sins before being allowed passage into the next life.
There is a subconcius Reality Warper in the simpson family but it's Marge not HomerI noticed that Marge has a trouble accepting her kids growing up as well as change in general so would subconciously create a world were kids never age and Status Quo Is God and I think the reasons for there being a reality warper in the core family have been stated above.
Marge is a robotJust humour me here... She is extremely strong, and when she's revealed to be left-handed, you notice how her right hand has slightly above average coordination, while her left is extremely skilled. She rarely (if ever?) is out of breath. She is usually the Only Sane Person, but is occasionally over-organised, for instance her obsession with cleaning before the cleaners arrived. Maybe her suburban existance is Marge in hiding. Hell, she could be an escaped Stepford Wife. Or a forgotten Cylon.
Ralph Wiggum isn't stupid, he just has severe mental health disorders.Earlier episodes such as This little Wiggy show Ralph as being more strange and immature for his age than stupid, and also imply he has an incredibly overactive imgination and possibly is schizophrenic (he imagined an elf telling him to burn things at one point). Ralph's increasing stupidity over the seasons isn't to do with Flanderization, its that his mental health is worsening as he grows older, not allowing him to function properly.
A Gypsy cursed Jebadiah Springfield.I always theorized that sometimes in the past, Jebadiah Springfield (under his original name Hans Sprungfeld the Pirate) must've angered a Gypsy who put him under the curse of "You will be founder of a town of idiots and fools" and so years later he did and this can explain why 90% of Springfield's citizens are total idiots, how Lisa and a handful of others escaped this curse is beyond me.
In the Simpsons universe Whites and Asians places in history where invertedHence why the white cast are yellow and the Asian characters look white
Bart and Lisa wished for everyone in Springfield and Shelbyville to stop aging so they could be kids forever on December 24, 1990The second when it struck midnight and 1991 began, everyone in Springfield and Shelbyville ceased to get any older. This explains why no one ever ages, and nobody seems to notice this in over 22 years. Additionally, it also affects the other people's memories and when they happened (such as the births of Bart and Lisa) and sense of time passing. When Homer recalled various times when he was injured from about 15 years back, he thought it all happened in a week. However, Bart and Lisa are still aware of time passing, which has been shown sometimes such as Lisa mentioning earlier events that happened in 1990 while still being the same age in 1994 and when Bart thinks that he's not a kid anymore after he loses his last baby tooth (and this happened when he should be 24 and when Lisa should be 22).
Springfield has been moved more than onceIn the 200th episode, Springfield is moved building by building due to the trash pile up. It's possible that the town gets moved due to disasters quite often, possibly from state to state. If it's a different state it's one that includes a Shelbyville and Capital City is what they say to the audience to keep us guessing. That also explains why Springfield's geography changes, why it's said to "border" four different states that are geographically far away from each other, why people in Springfield have accents from all over the country, and why new parts of the city such as Little Seattle and the Russian district appear out of nowhere. This explains why some characters' living situations change in some episodes. This actually happens again in the 500th episode
The Simpsons is in the same universe as Neon Genesis EvangelionProof—This girl is a dead ringer for Rei Ayanami, possibly a spare clone that slipped the net. She's also as talkative as the "real" Rei (that is, she doesn't talk at all). This reader is not sure what the implications of this are, but they are unfortunate.
Lisa is a powerful reality warper who has the whole town under her thumb.Which explains why all the recent episodes give her the most focus, and she is able to get away with some incredibly dickish things (IE: Million Dollar Abie.)
Certain episodes aren't canon, and certain are.To reiterate, here's a guide
This series takes place about 1000 years agoSee an episode that says humans will get more fingers due to evolution.
The final episode will make it clear we'll never see the Simpsons againWhile at the same time making a point of all the many secondary characters Springfield still has to offer for potential new stories. Of course, a spin-off series will follow and receive very mixed reviews.
The next Treehouse of Horror episode will contain a segment that is a Shout-Out to Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
The writers of the new episodes have never seen the old onesJossed for at least a few of them, such as Michael Price, who clearly must have seen all of those episodes where Homer was injured (the clips were reshown in an episode from Season 20 written by him) and Joel H. Cohen, who must have seen the episode A Milhouse Divided because events from that episode were brought up again in an episode in Season 20 written by him.
Bart secretly has a crush on KrabappelHe passed the fourth grade, despite that he still stays in school. She always turns to him whenever she has an emotional problem and he is happy to help her out. She even remarked in one episode that Bart is the closest thing to a man in her life. Last but not least in one of the fortune telling episodes where Bart is a teen she tries unsuccessfully to seduce him while being Homer's wingman.
Matt Groening and/or the writers have Perverse Sexual Lust for LisaExplains a lot.
The "Frank Nelson Type" or as Homer calls him "That Jerk That Goes Ye-e-e-es?" is Stalking Homer.It could explain why is it when Homer goes to a store, he keeps seeing this guy. It can be assumed that in order to get closer to Homer he must have different jobs depending on Homer's location, especially Costington's. it's obvious because he seems so happy to see Homer and Homer is the only Simpson who mostly interacts with this guy so therefore this guy is gay for Homer... but not for Moleman!
The last season will involve revoking the Status Quo Is God.It's only fitting that, if its the end, they might as well do something they've never done before(and they've done a lot). Examples of what they could do can be posted below, as well as a scenario.
Bart is The AntichristAt the end of Gone Maggie Gone, he does end up turning everything into a living hell.
The man from the gas company in "That 90's Show" was a disgraced Ass. Prof. AugustHis nose is different, but he could've had reconstructive surgery after his Department head hit him in the face. He was fired shortly after his PHD (pound head down) He now works at the gas company because he couldn't find another job, and he gained weight over the years. The gas man even starts to tell a story about how he once loved and lost. He doesn't recognize Homer and Marge because it's been so long and Marge is now married.
The writer(s) of Boys of Bummer and Million Dollar Abie has/have/had serious issuesObviously
Astrid from "Mom and Pop Art" is Astrid from White Oleander grown upIt would explain her preference for outsider art. Weller is her middle name or whatever.
Homer Simpson is immortal, or at the very least has superhuman endurance.Think about it: not only has he gotten over injuries that would maim or kill an average human being, but he has actually "died" on rare occasion(for example, his heart stopping in "Homer's Triple Bypass", causing his spirit to leave his body but later to return to it for cake). Despite a horrendous diet, he's only overweight. He even was punished by eating toxic nuclear waste and it didn't seem to affect him at all. My guess is that Homer Simpson somehow gained immortality, or at least an enormous Healing Factor from all the radioactivity he deals with. Hey, it mutated Lego Land, so mutating Homer isn't too much of a stress.
Lisa's eating disorder will return in a future episode and seriously debilitate her.Being the outcast + the constant pressure on herself to make perfect grades + dealing with her ever-slipping-deeper-into-insanity family...what the heck else COULD happen? Ralph or even Sideshow Bob of all people give Springfield "The Reason You Suck" Speech. The latter may however may just gloat on how he and the whole town are Not So Different and compliments them.
Sideshow Bob's final appearance will involve him becoming insane and animal-like in appearance.All of his pasts attempts to kill Bart finally take a toll on his mind and he becomes very insane and will try to forcefully murder Bart instead of putting him in a death trap such as trying to burn him alive.
Rod and Todd will actually turn up as background characters among the kids at Springfield Elementary.Their mom stayed dead, the Leftorium is still open and Ned and Edna are still married so apparently major changes in the Flanders' lives stick.
A future season will invoke South Park's You're Getting Old to explain all of Homer's shenanigans.
Mindy Simmons from "The Last Temptation of Homer" is the daughter or niece of Bea Simmons from "Old Money."In season 5 Homer is temped by a new coworker Mindy Simmons. A couple seasons earlier Bea Simmons is Grampa's love interest. Since they share a last name and are attracted to Simpson males of their generation, it is possible they may be related.
In the Simpson's universe, Springfeld is in it's OWN state.Think about it. It's often near oceans, mountins, old growth forests, deserts and so on. The town has more schools, hospitals, companies, and such things that most STATES would like to have in those sorts of numbers. Plus, Lisa points out that the West Springfeld oil wells area is three times the size of Texas, thus meaning that Springfeld must be in it's own state. Said state is the largest of them all, being even biggger then whole countries. The Earth here is much larger then ours to explain the extra room on North America, thus explaing why people like Comic Book Guy haven't just died by now and why the Simpson's plane is attacked by Godzilla and the like at the end of the episode in Japan, since by the laws of phyics, the weight of the creature's would squash their insides like Homer sitting on a ripe mango. And why the US maps look the same? Well, I guess the Simpsons like messing with people on a large scale.
The answer to the kid's questions at the end of "Homer's Barbershop Quartet".Remeber the questions the kids had for Homer at the end of the episode? Lisa: How come we never heard about this until today? Bart: Yeah, and what happened to the money you made? Lisa: Why haven't you hung up your gold records? Bart: Since when could you write a song? They are all easy to answer. One, they're kids. The episode told us that the story took place when the kids where fairly young, so it's only natural that it's not an easy thing to remember off hand. Not to mention that TV has kind of messed up the kid's ability to recall stuff, especially Bart. Two, the money was burned off the same way the Simpsons usally burn off cash: Homer falling for scams, blowing it away on stuff like beer, going towards taxes, and stuff like that. Any of that money that is left, Marge must have put in a bank account that Homer can't access. Three, knowing that kids will be kids and would end up braking it, Homer put the gold records in the attic where Bart wouldn't try and smash it with a hammer or something. Plus, he probably doesn't want people constantly asking about it where telling the story becomes a chore. Four, one hit wonders happen all the time: Disco Duck, Mambo Number 5, Whoomp there it is, the list goes on. Plus, they wouldn't have even had a hit song in the first place if the "Baby on Board" sticker had not inspired Homer to write the song. Talent can sometimes be very inconsistent that way.
All episodes take place in an alternate timeline due to Homer's actions in Time and Punishment (Treehouse of Horror V)The lack of continuity between episodes and Springfield's inconsistent geography could be explained this way.
Troy Mc Clure and Lionell Hutz will make one final appearance at the very last episode of the Simpsons, just so the fans can see them one last time before the show's ultimate conclusion
Doing DVD commentaries for older seasons inspired the writers and show runners to remember what made the show work in the first place.This explains a lot of the callbacks in later seasons, the uptick in quality in recent seasons after long ago Jumping the Shark, and return appearances of long forgotten characters. If you listen to the commentaries, they repeatedly talk about how they haven't used such-and-such for a long time, and sit watching and laughing at things they had done years ago and had forgotten about.
The treehouse of horror episodes are all nightmares/dreams the simpsons are having.Because the characters that get killed,transformed and eaten always appears fine in the later episodes so all the treehouse of horror episodes are just dreams,nightmares the simpsons are having.
Springfield is sitting on a giant deposit of Folsense GasThe main characters of the show never age, but time seems to pass (Bill Clinton appearing in an older episode but things like Ipads (Or "Mypads) appearing in later episodes). This could be explained as Comic Book Time, but you have to admit, the symptoms of Folsense Gas are there. Perhaps Mr. Burns discovered the gas first, which is why he seems to be immortal even though he is ridiculously fragile and dependant on Smithers. That's why Homer is getting dumber and dumber (He's actually sixty, and is going senile like his father) and Lisa is becoming increasingly intelligent (She's in her twenties, and should be going to university), among other things. The reason Springfield isn't in any state is because it has been isolated from society (because of the gas) to the point where it could be in ANY state. The events of the movie weren't just caused by overpolluting, the EPA wanted to isolate Springfield because of the dangerous gas that permeated the town, which hadn't been studied enough to be considered safe. People in Shelbyville don't look like people from Springfield, they too are affected by the gas, and the people from Springfield expect the town to look similar to theirs, so it does.
The gradual Flanderization of Homer Simpson is a result of countless head trauma incidents.The first time we saw Homer suffer major injuries was falling off the gorge in "Bart the Daredevil". Before that, Homer was less stupid and more somewhat clueless and bumbling, and significantly less violent. However that and a number of blows to the head have led to Homer getting "stupider every year"(as for why the gorge didn't just leave him brain-dead, thank his natural resistance to head-blows). With every blow to the head, Homer becomes less aware of the risks that he's taking, which just creates the lovable buffoon we see him as. The reason why he becomes more of a Jerkass is a result of both lashing out at the world and because of Bart. Had Bart not decided to try and jump off the gorge, Homer wouldn't have fallen off it. Thus Homer strangles Bart primarily out of anger for the head blow that's started his downwards spiral, even when he isn't aware of this. The Multiple Choice Past? Its Homer remembering it incorrectly, and his family humouring him-they happened much differently, or not at all. The Negative Continuity of all this? Unreliable Narrator in full effect-Grandpa Simpson is senile and the other male Simpsons are stupid for a multitude of other reasons, and/or the Simpsons Gene doesn't cause such a severe effect. The "crayon in brain" may have just screwed up his sinuses. Of course, the crayon and Simpsons Gene may have caused a lot of damage, but Homer was initially super-intelligent and it took all this to bring him down.
There will be an episode plot revolving around an Angry Birds-like smartphone game.Several years after the popularity was actually news.
In 2-3 years, there will be a Treehouse of Horror episode parodying The Hunger Games.In typical new Simpsons fashion, it comes in a few years, long after it was new and relevant.
Bart never really sold his soul to MilhouseThat was just a piece of paper with the words "Bart Simpson's Soul" written on it, and the whole business with Bart thinking he really did sell his soul was all in his head.
Guy Incognito was actually Krusty in disguiseHomer and Krusty have all of the same physical characteristics.
The Flanderization of the characters is explainable.
There is no God in the Simpsons universe, just Matt Groening disguised as him with Harry Shearer throwing his voice
The source of the Springfield Mystery Spot is the reason for any paranormal activity in Springfield (outside of the THOH episodes)
Ling Bouvier in "Changing of the Guardian" was suddenly made a toddler by the same person or force who made Gary Andrews into a rat
Many of the background children at Springfield Elementary are just puppets or robots that Skinner and Groundskeeper Willie stuff back into the storage closet at the end of the day
Ms. Hoover does not know ANY of her students names, aside from Lisa and Ralph, nor would she remember long enough to care
The Simpson family themselves are marionettes, with each performed personally by Matt Groening
The Simpsons is Matt Groening's answer to Jim Henson's The Muppet Show, with his own cast of characters and selection of celebrities-of-the-week.
Springfield is its own micronation.Hence why it can't be found: Springfield isn't in any state, but a micronation under the control of the United States government. Springfield is considered American partly for convenience and partly because its technically "in" the United States. Springfield is likely where the micronation was founded, and due to it becoming a crapsack city they changed the capital to Capitol City. Shelbyville and Ogdenville are also part of this. "West Springfield" is just a name for a desert that borders Springfield. Going by the Fan Nickname, the name of the micronation is Takota. Where its situated though remains a mystery.
Barney Gumble is related to Otto the Bus DriverThe two kind of look a like in the face. The two are both addicts of some type, meaning it's genetic. Barney could very well be a maternal uncle.
Predictions on who is going to be Killed Off for Real.
Flanders has become both more religious and less likeable due to changes in attitude towards religion.When the Simpsons first came out, Flanders' base concept was "better American than Homer", which is why he was both a more sincere Christian and a nicer guy all around. At the time, America had a pretty strong tendency to associate "adherence to Christian faith" with "moral superiority". However, as time has gone by, Christianity and religiosity have stopped being quite as synonymous with being a good person as they were. Combine this with the creator's own antitheistic tendencies (as evidenced somewhat in Futurama) Flanders being so religious has stopped being a reason as to why he's a good guy and more a way for him to be Not So Different to Homer.
Bart has a crush on Mrs Krabappel.He's enemies with her on school related manners. However, when it's other issues, like her dating woes, Bart is always the one to either give her helpful advice or simply listen to her problems. She even at one point depressingly remarks that Bart is the closest thing to a man in her life in Bart The Lover.
They're going to kill off Edna KrabappelIn the most respectful way, of course. Unlike what they did would Maude, it would be a more realistic and respectable end. It would feature Ned coming to terms with the death of another wife, the impact of the kids, and how he'll pick up the pieces. Or, alternately, the episode will be Bart-centric as we see him cope with Krabappel's death, possibly being the last person to speak to her before her death, with it ending with Bart accepting her death and saying that he will never forget her. As for causes of death:
Squeaky Voiced Teen is not a real teenHe is shown to be operating the train during Marge and Homer's first anniversary-he is a teenager at this point-in the episode "Dangers on a Train." Ten years later, he would be in his twenties, at least. He may just have a squeaky voice and have adult acne...
Springfield is in its own pocket dimension, which can be accessed through various points in normal-universe America.Basically another way of solving all the geographical anomalies like the fact it borders states with no fixed boundary, why "West Springfield" is three times the size of Texas, and basically no-one knows precisely where it is.
Ned Flanders will also be retiredI mean, think about it - he's married to Edna, and they can't retire her and not him without it seeming weird.