This is looking to be a groundbreaking season of The Simpsons: Marge and Homer separate, Homer's been diagnosed with narcolepsy, and now "one of the greatest stories of unrequited love in modern popular culture is about to move to a new phase," per the Guardian. To wit: Waylon Smithers, one of Springfield's long-rumored gay characters, will maybe, finally come out to his boss, Mr. Burns, "after decades of lusting after the skeletal billionaire," as the paper cheekily puts it.
Showrunner Al Jean tells TVLine that "most people [in Springfield] know [Smithers is] gay, but obviously Burns doesn't," adding that they plan on addressing the topic in two episodes this season, the show's 27th. "We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options," Jean says, adding there's another shocking development in the season finale: Marge gets arrested. (A very major character is set to die in the show's Halloween episode.)