One of The Simpsons' most well-known characters has been killed off as the show sees a major shake-up.
Sideshow Bob has been one of the show's most iconic characters as he tries and fails to kill the Simpsons son Bart. Bob has been after the young troublemaker ever since a foiled plot by the actor to frame Krusty the Klown back in the 1990s.
Since then, Sideshow Bob – voiced by Frasier star Kelsey Grammer – has been vowing to kill Bart, taking aim at both him and his loved ones, having nearly killed his aunt Selma. Now, in the newest Treehouse of Horror episode, sister Lisa finally puts an end to Sideshow Bob's murderous ways by killing him herself.
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In the spooky Halloween episode, Bob – whose real name is Robert Terwilliger – has successfully managed to off Bart, and has since been caught and thrown in jail. Lisa, Bart's sister, has grown up and gone into the crime business, becoming an expert in true crime.
Initially, Lisa hires Bob to help her solve cases by getting into the psyche of a murderer. But it is later revealed that Lisa has developed a split personality, which leads to the more malicious side of her killing Bob off herself.
Fans watching the episode were thrilled to see the back of the long time villain. One viewer watching the show wrote: "The strongest part was Lisa and Sideshow Bob."
A second fan agreed with the sentiment, saying: "I knew Lisa was going to kill Sideshow Bob." Whilst a third commented: "Omg, evil Lisa is so good – she is more scary than Sideshow Bob."
Treehouse of Horror episodes celebrate the spooky season, with the show being split into three short stories for fans to get stuck into. Often, the episodes parody well-known horror and thriller films, with The Shining, House of Wax and The Twilight Zone being just some of those spoofed.
The show has been producing Treehouse of Horror episodes every Halloween since the second of the show, which aired all the way back in 1990. But despite the iconic show's episodes being a hit with fans, many viewers will know that Treehouse of Horror episodes are not canonical, and as a result, it is likely Sideshow Bob will be back on the show.
The Simpsons airs every weekday at 6pm on Channel 4 and is available to stream on Disney+.
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