While the theory might seem somewhat improbable, the Redditor was able to give some meaningful arguments to back up their fan theory. “So when every season ends, you won’t see that version of the universe ever again,” they explained. “So that’s why character backstories keep changing, like Homer growing up in different time periods and such.”
There is definitely something to that last bit, as character backstories, especially for Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (Julie Kavner), have been retold in ways that contradict each other in different episodes of “The Simpsons.” Still, other fans have opted for a much simpler explanation for all of these inconsistencies.
“The writers have explained that Springfield’s elastic reality will stretch time, physics, and canonical plot points for the sake of a good enough joke,” wrote u/justtrustmeokay. As we noted above, many cartoons operate in this same kind of evolving reality.
Still, the real capper that could bring this fan theory down came from another Redditor. “What about the fact that Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1 was the Season 6 finale and Part 2 was the Season 7 premiere?” asked u/FredererPower. Given that these two episodes have a continuity that is directly connected in dozens of key ways, this observation could be the checkmate move that ends the game for this “The Simpsons” explanation. Either way, though, it’s a fun idea for fans to mull over after all of these years of “The Simpsons.”