After 26 years of loving marriage and wedded bliss on TV, Homer and Marge Simpson are going to split.
In an interview with Variety, executive producer Al Jean spoke to the site about the upcoming 27th season and the big move to have Homer play the field.
"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," he said.
He continued after dropping this bombshell, "We’ll have cameos from the 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 also spoke to how the show changes over time with big reveals like this.
"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," he said.
Well, there's definitely going to be some kind of response to this move.
Finally, Jean got a bit political.
"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," he said.