(The Spread) – With the show’s 25th season underway, executive producer Al Jean of the long-time running show “The Simpsons” has announced that a character will soon meet his or her end. Which character will be the one to kick the bucket this season?

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According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Sideshow Bob is a 4/1 “favorite” to be the first major character to pass away this season on The Simpsons. Penelope, Krusty The Crown and Abe Simpson (Grandpa) are all 6/1, respectively, while Moe, Itchy and Rabbi Hyman Krustofski are all 8/1, respectively.

Continuing with the odds, Barney and Apu are both 9/1, respectively, to be the first major Simpsons character to pass away first this season, while Edna Krabappel is 10/1. Comic Book Guy is 14/1, while Carl, Chief Wiggum and Ned Flanders are all 15/1, respectively.

Sideshow Bob, also known as Robert Terwilliger and Krusty the Clown’s former sidekick, would be a natural target for the show’s writers. Bart Simpson has foiled every plan that Sideshow Bob has attempted, including blowing up his aunt Selma following the two’s marriage. At some point you’d think that storyline will eventually end, and maybe it will this season with the ultimate demise of Sideshow Bob’s character.

Perhaps the easiest target would be Abe Simpson based on his age, although he provides more comic relief than many of the characters with odds to kick the bucket. Rabbi Hyman Krustofski, Edna Krabappel and Carl bring less to the table, although one would surmise that the writers wouldn’t go with a smaller character.  Why make an announcement like this, build hype around the season and then fall flat after establishing big expectations? It doesn’t make sense.

Thus, if you’re an entertainment bettor, maybe you should set your eyes on Krusty The Clown, Moe, Apu or perhaps even Ned Flanders, who lost his wife Maude in 2000. Let the guessing game continue.

The Simpsons - Which major character will be first to pass away?  

Sideshow Bob 4/1

Penelope 6/1

Krusty The Clown 6/1

Abe (Grandpa)  6/1

Moe 8/1

Itchy  8/1

Rabbi Hyman Krustofski  8/1

Barney  9/1

Apu   9/1

Edna Krabappel   10/1

Comic Book Guy  14/1

Carl  15/1

Chief Wiggum  15/1

Ned Flanders  15/1

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