As the animated sitcom enters into its 30th season, it seems as though there’s no stopping “The Simpsons.” As one musical clip-show episode boasts, “we’ve got stories for years,” a lyric which could be updated to decades of stories. So while a final episode doesn’t seem likely at this point, showrunner Al Jean still has an idea for how the show should end, if it ever will.
In an interview with Geek Tyrant, Jean explained how he wants the show to come full-circle, in an ending that would probably make the heads explode of the more obsessive fans.
“I thought the final episode could end with them going to the Christmas pageant they went to in the first episode, so the whole series is one loop without a beginning or an end. But now that I’ve said it, it won’t happen. Thank you.”
While Jean admits this is a near-impossible story given the runaway success of the show, it would still be a pleasing end for the series to finish by returning to its humble beginnings of the television premiere. The first episode of the show from 1989, titled Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire, was a Christmas special that started at a Christmas school pageant and led to the Christmas gift of the family dog, Santa’s Little Helper. This end will most likely never happen and “The Simpsons” may outlive us all, but it at least sounds better than Conan O’Brien’s dark answer of Marge finally leaving Homer for good to bring the show to a close.
The 30th season of “The Simpsons” will debut September 30, 2018 on Fox.