Executive Producer Al Jean revealed in an interview with Variety that Homer and Marge Simpson are separating. The famous cartoon couple are facing hard times after 26 years of loving marriage. The upcoming 27th season of the show will be drastically different than previous seasons of the show.
So many fans are crushed and it makes many wonder if the separation is to update with today's relationship and family structures.
" In the premiere, it's discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it's an incredible strain on the marriage. Homer and Marge legally separate, and Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who's voiced by Lena Dunham," Jean said.
"We'll have cameos from other women from 'Girls.' ... And we have an episode based on the film 'Boyhood'. It's a flashback/flashforward about Bart. We go to various points in his life and his life to come which I think came out really well," Jean said.
"You never know what's going to happen. You air a show and what people react to is not what you expect. What you learn is you have to be constantly prepared to moderate your course because you're in an environment where feedback is constant," Jean said.
"We're definitely going to have Homer vote in 2016. One aspect of the pickup that made me happy is that Homer can vote again. He voted for Romney in 2012 because he invented Obamacare. He tried to vote for Obama in 2008 but all his votes went to McCain," Jean said.
I'll be honest... I'm really sad that they decided to separate them. Not only does it separate the family, but it eliminates the escape for many people to see a happy cartoon family that is still together. However, maybe this is a learning lesson for fans showing that through the episodes, Homer and Marge will eventually come back to each other because love is the most important thing and that they could get through everything despite their obstacles.
We'll see but regardless, I'm so sad :(