After seven seasons, “Futurama” is in reaching its end … Again. The animated comedy was originally canceled by FOX in 2003, but an undying fanbase led to it rising from the ashes on Comedy Central in 2008, with three more seasons following.
September 4 will see the second end of the show, but before that the cast and crew descend on Comic-Con one last time to greet their fans. Head writer David X. Cohen and series creator Matt Groening are out first. They explain that Comic-Con won’t let them bring the cast on as panelists, because there’s just too many of them.
Instead, they’re brought out as guests, with Billy West and Katey Sagal getting the loudest applause from the crowd.
The cast kicks off the panel with a table reading of the first act of the episode’s series finale, “Meanwhile.” The episode finds Fry (West), Leela (Sagal) and Bender (John DiMaggio) making a delivery to the moon and visiting a theme park. After a ride accident, Leela seemingly dies.
Luckily, all is well. She was trapped inside a stuffed animal. Really. The close call was too much for Fry to handle, and he announces to Bender that he’s going to finally propose to Leela.
Meanwhile, Professor Farnsworth (West) invents a device that lets him travel 10 seconds into the past. Naturally, he uses it to steal money from Zoidberg. What else will you do with 10 seconds? Fry takes the time machine to steal diamonds, along with Bender.
He uses the stolen diamonds to fashion an engagement ring, which he hides in a clam. When he presents it to Leela, she reaches for the ring and the clam snaps shut, severing her hand and a bloody stump.
Next, Groening presents the second act of the finale, completely finished. Fry still has the time traveling decide and uses it to go back and save Leela from losing her hand. He proposes and tells Leela to meet him on top of the Vampire State Building if she’ll marry him. When he thinks Leela misses the time she was supposed to meet him, Fry takes that as a no to the proposal and jumps from the top of the building.
However, he sees Leela approaching the building as the building as he falls and realizes that his clock is wrong due to all the time-traveling. He tries to go back and save himself by using the device, but ten seconds before, he’s still falling from the building. He keeps himself in a time loop, reliving those ten seconds over and over until he loses his grip on the device and hits the ground in front of Leela, leaving a pile of blood and guts at her feet.
The third act will stay a secret until September 4, and will hopefully find a way to make sure Fry doesn’t die.
During fan questions, Groening teased a possible crossover between “The Simpsons” and “Futurama,” similar to the recently announced “Family Guy”/”Simpsons” event.
The panel concludes with the assurance that the show may return again one day, along with some more quick clips of the show.