In a recent interview with Deadline, Matt Selman spoke at length about what the upcoming Season 34 of The Simpsons has in store for fans. “It’s probably the best 34th season of any show you’ve ever seen,” the showrunner joked before revealing that this latest installment in the Springfield narrative will feature two Halloween episodes, an anime parody, a full-on Stephen King’s It, starring Dan Castellaneta’s Krusty the Clown as the terrifying story antagonist, a guest appearance by Melissa McCarthy, a story where Homer ends up in a conspiracy cabal, and more.
However, among all of Selman’s dazzling insights, there is one that will no doubt intrigue the series’ most ardent fans just a little more than the others. “We have another crazy conceptual episode that explains how ‘The Simpsons’ knows the future,” he told the outlet, adding, “It’s a conceptual episode with a lot of crazy stuff in it, but it explains how ‘The Simpsons ‘ can predict the future.”
Selman didn’t explain the episode’s actual plot, so audiences won’t know until it airs whether he was referring to an in-universe explanation of the show’s real-world impact or a fourth-wall-breaking examination of the writers’ approach to these things. Having managed to omit the word “conceptual” twice, one thing is certain: last but not least – and as The Simpsons so often does – the next chapter in the country’s longest-running scripted series will offer us something entirely new . (And possibly something that hasn’t even happened yet).