With the death of beloved and reviled characters becoming more prominent on television, it only makes sense that The Simpsons would follow in the footsteps of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, and Family Guy. However, the shocking death that is scheduled to happen in the upcoming 26th season premiere just got a bit less shocking.

Executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman sat down with TV Line to discuss the upcoming ruination and might have spoiled the whole thing. As well as Game of Thrones if you're not caught up.
“This is going to be a bigger deal than King Joffrey on Game of Thrones – the Yellow Wedding!” Jean said during a conference call. “The character that dies is portrayed by an actor who won an Emmy for playing that character. People who reported on it then reported we were killing an ‘iconic’ character; I’d like to say it’s a great character, but I never used the word ‘iconic.’ It’s a terrific character and it [happens in] our premiere this coming year.”

But just because a character is dying, that doesn’t mean he (or she) won’t pop up in a future episode.

“We always have kind of a flexible reality,” Jean admitted, suggesting we could see the departed in a Halloween episode or in a dream sequence.

“What we told the performer is, ‘This does not mean the end of your participation in The Simpsons,’” [EP Matt] Selman added.

Selman's quote implies that the performer is not a member of the regular cast as they all provide multiple voices. In fact, there are only two guest stars that have won an Emmy for their work. That narrows down the candidates and gives a good sense of who this 'iconic' character could be. I won't spoil it for you here and I advise that book readers don't either.