The Simpsons character Sideshow Bob will finally fulfil his life's ambition of getting Bart Simpson this year, with the Halloween episode of the 27th series seeing Bart offed by the manic clown.
Executive producer Al Jean revealed the news at the ATX Festival, explaining: "I'm one of the people who always wanted the Coyote to eat the Road Runner, so you can see where this is going. I hated frustration comedy so we'll scratch that itch on the Hallowe'en show."
The series will see Kelsey Grammer return to play the part of Sideshow Bob. No hint has been given as to how Bart will die – or if there will be implications for the Lego-merchandise universe – but, being part of the self-contained Halloween special, the death of Bart won't exactly be canon. As in, he'll return. In the same episode.
Jean explains that Bob "...won't know what to do with himself after his life's mission has been accomplished," so will presumably be happy to see the balance of life returned once more when Bart is revived by a lightning strike or from Homer putting him in a microwave for some DIY home defibrillation or whatever technique is used to bring him back again. [Entertainment Weekly via the Telegraph]