Over its 23 seasons (and a movie), South Park has never shied away from tackling current events and social phenomena. It is apparently going to stay this way in the upcoming 24th season of the animated show.
The season will begin on September 30 on Comedy Central with an hour-long special episode titled “The Pandemic Special”. As the name suggests the episode will deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park,” the official synopsis reads. “The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman.”
Judging by the trailer for the new episode, Randy and Cartman will be at the center of the story. Randy is seemingly trying to cash in on the situation, announcing a “pandemic special” of his own. Cartman is trying to avoid going back to school after the long break due to the pandemic. “They’re going to try and make us go to school. Do you really want to go back to that slavery?” he asks Stan in the trailer. Stan, on the other hand, is more worried about being infected by Cartman.