Who is going to cark it in Ambridge this year? (And who would have predicted Jennifer or Rob for 2023?)
Robert Snell is pretty much a certainty, although he would have been unproblematic to recast.
Peggy? They probably won’t be able to resist her notching up her century, and are daftly sentimental enough not to kill her off for fear of ‘upsetting’ the eminently sane and lovely June Spencer. So no, not The Oldest Inhabitant.
I can’t believe the nasty little Tucker won’t be recast. While I for one would be happy never to hear from him again, I suppose he does fulfil a mildly useful function.
My prediction is Jill.
My wish list (which is long) includes Emmur (another Death by Tree, achieving DSP* for the brothers Grundy) and Bess. That should see Gentile Ben** safely off to the boobyhatch for a bit.
Death by pony for Martha, and it’s trebles all round. Scoff all you like, but I’m not ruling it out - think of the trouble it would save TBTB in the long run with the damned-if-they-do-or-don’t problem of possible FASD difficulties.
*Dead Spouse Parity
**Well, there are rather a lot of Old Testament names in the Brookfield line, starting with Grandpa Sol of
worm farm bog roll fame, so a point worth making. And David is described as ‘a bear of a man’…
Oh, and Happy New Year