True fans stopped watching after season 4,220.

Did you catch the season premiere of The Simpsons this Sunday? If you did, then I'm not sure how you're sitting up, since the opening couch gag was brain-meltingly weird. You can only call this a "couch gag," if by "gag" you mean two-minute masterpiece that reveals our deepest fears for the future.

The cartoon opener for "Clown In The Dumps" was made by eclectic animator Don Hertzfeldt. It shows Homer traveling forward into the future to the sun-date Septembar 36.4, 10,535. Homer, Marge and the kids are all creepy amorphous versions of their former selves, and the clip is full of advertising and surreal statements like "All hail the dark lord of the twin moons." 

Since the show will probably still exist then, we'll have to wait and see if this is what The Simpsons season 8,547 actually looks like. If the word "looks" even means anything by then.


(by Shira Rachel Danan)

Sources: Metro