As the fate of ‘The Simpsons’ grows exponentially grim by the day, executive producers of TV’s longest-running animated show may be pulling out all the final stops, and crossing off all the final bucket list plot points before a looming cancellation is cemented as reality.

At a conference in Austin, Texas overnight, executive producer of ‘The Simpsons’, Al Jean, announced that Springfield’s greatest villain, Sideshow Bob, will finally “do something he’s wanted to do for a long time” in season 27’s upcoming Treehouse of Horror episode. That “something” will not be an encore performance of H.M.S Pinafore, but rather, a bloody tête-à-tête with Bart Simpson

Al Jean said he “hated frustration in comedy, so we’ll scratch that itch.” As with all deaths on Treehouse of Horror episodes of ‘The Simpsons’, Bart’s death acts as a hall pass, with his character being reinstated in all episodes following the Halloween special. Nancy Cartwright won’t be out of a job. Yet.

Sideshow Bob first began plotting Bart’s demise in a 1993 episode, Cape Feare, so the payoff for a gruesome end better have been worth the 22 year wait. 

Listen to Al Jean confirm the news below.

via Entertainment Weekly.