Several photos from this Sunday’s new episode of Downton Abbey have been released, hinting at events both contentious and bittersweet as series three nears its finale.

The penultimate episode of the third series of Downton Abbey airs this Sunday, and new photos indicate what’s to come as our time with the Crawley family winds down. Be wary – spoilers and speculation loom ahead!
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It seems like several guests will be arriving at Downton for the upcoming christening, the most interesting of whom might be the brown-suited visitor at the Crawley’s dinner table. As per the episode summary, this is likely Tom Branson’s brother, who presumably comes to Downton for the christening of Tom and Sybil’s infant daughter. The summary also indicates, though, that the new Mr. Branson will be a less-than-perfectly-comforting presence during the bittersweet event.

The christening itself looks to be a major focus of the episode, as the photos indicate. That shot of Robert and Violet standing by the (presumably Catholic) priest is especially intriguing – has Robert given his blessing to the idea of a Catholic granddaughter?

And though most of the family seems stony-faced in their collected portrait, the candid shots show at least a few smiles around the baby. Hopefully the Crawley-Branson clan will be able to share a little happiness in spite of everything they have endured.

Meanwhile downstairs, it seems (almost) certain that Anna can finally look forward to a little happiness in her life. All signs point to the long-imprisoned Mr. Bates returning to Downton Abbey at last – hopefully for good. This might be less-than-happy news for Thomas though, as his position as Robert’s valet might well be threatened by Bates’ return.

It also looks like Thomas’ accelerating attraction to Jimmy will be coming to a head sooner rather than later. With Jimmy’s discomfort with Thomas’ advances, we may not be seeing that smug smile on Mr. Barrow’s face very often in the near future.

ITV says of the episode:

It’s a happy day for Downton as Anna’s patience is rewarded.
Edith receives admiration from an unexpected quarter.
Matthew refuses to back down over the estate management, will his tactics pay off?
Branson’s plan for the christening causes consternation, as does the arrival of his brother.
O’Brien counsels Thomas but what are her motives?

Downton Abbey airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on ITV in the U.K. For American viewers, series 3 will begin airing Jan. 6 on PBS.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

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So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.