Last Sunday, the 696th episode of the animated sitcom “The Simpsons” was aired and everyone was shedding tears for sure. In this last episode, the producers decided to pay a tribute to Marcia Wallace, who died surprisingly in 2013. Wallace voiced Edna Krabappel, teacher of Bart Simspon at Springfield Elementary. In the late year, Krabappel moved on from her relationship with the Principal's school Seymour Skinner and married Simpson neighbor Ned Flanders.
Out of respect, when Wallace died, Edna passed away in the show too but no reasons were mentioned on the show. Although producer Al Jean spoke about this.
“I don’t think that people these days want to necessarily know how a character passed away,” he said. “But we reveal a little bit more about Mrs. Krabappel and then a little bit more about her life and how the character was feeling when she passed.” This event makes Ned Flanders a widower for the second time.
Last night things were fixed with the episode “Dairy Queen” the 12th episode from the 32nd season. The plot? Bart finds Edna's old diary on a garage sale at the Flanders' house discovering that she believed in him. The episode includes previously recorded voice performances of Marcia Wallace and ends with a montage of pictures of her and Flanders together. “When we made them a couple, to me it was an interesting opposite attract move, which people often find confusing in television but it happens forever in real life,” Jean said. “People like Krabappel and Flanders really do become couples. It was not the intention to make Flanders such a tragic character. However, since that’s the case, I think it’s kind of deepened his character unintentionally”
Al Jean also spoke about Wallace's death. “I didn’t know she was that ill until very close to when it happened. So we never got the chance to give sort of a proper goodbye to her in the show, and this is a small attempt to do that. And, you know, she was so beloved by everybody that worked on The Simpsons, that we just sort of wanted to give her one last moment on the show in her memory. It’s just that, it’s nothing more, but, we thought she was the best.”
Her final speaking role was in The Simpsons episode The Man Who Grew Too Much in the series's 25th season. Wallace died on October 25, 2013, as a result of pneumonia and sepsis, following a battle with breast cancer. She was 70 years old when she passed away.
Edna Krabappel brought an Emmy Award to Wallace, for her outstanding voiceover performance back in 1992.