Reunions prove complicated, good deeds go awry, and the personal becomes heartbreakingly political as Downton Abbey nears the conclusion of its third series.

The winds of change rise with every series of Downton Abbey, but as this year’s aristocratic exploits reach their height, it seems like life at Downton might look very different when our time with the Crawleys comes to a close.

Episode 7 began with something returning to normal – on the surface, at least. The long (long) awaited return of Mr. Bates from his unjust incarceration. Much joy and hand-shaking commenced in Downton upon his arrival, despite the fact that no one seemed to know exactly what to do with Bates. Anna was confident that Bates would resume his position as Robert’s valet, but for the time being, Bates seems to be doing much the same as he did in prison: very little, only with much nicer clothing.

Upstairs among the Crawley family, Matthew struggled with Robert to bring the estate into the 20th century, while continuing to worry about Mary not yet having conceived. Mary herself remained confident on that front, though she had to try considerably harder to emphasize the importance of family for her father, Tom, and Tom’s exceedingly unpleasant, visiting brother.

Edith, meanwhile, took steps away from her family, visiting London in consideration of the standing offer to write for a paper there. Isobel, on the other hand, found opportunities for change forced upon her by Violet, who took charge of The Ethel Situation in a definitive and unsympathetic fashion.

But it was the drama downstairs that caused the most radically ruffled feathers this week. After several episodes of burgeoning interest, Thomas finally tried (with a spectacular lack of success) to initiate a relationship with universally-lusted-after footman Jimmy. Unfortunately for Thomas, his assumption of Jimmy’s interest was based on a few patently blatant lies from O’Brien, and the object of his affection was disturbed (to put it mildly) to find Thomas in his bed in the middle of the night.

To further complicate matters, O’Brien’s nephew Alfred accidentally walked in on Thomas’ misbegotten attempt at romance. At O’Brien’s urging, Alfred reported his uncomfortable discovery to Mr. Carson, leaving Thomas at the mercy of both Carson and Jimmy’s respective responses to his actions.

The episode concluded with the Catholic christening of baby Sybil Branson, or at least its photogenic aftermath. Though stiff postures and sad smiles abounded, at least the Crawley family did seem to find common ground in rallying around their (totally adorable) new addition.

Next week (already!) brings the finale of Downton Abbey‘s jam-packed third series, at least until the December Christmas special. ITV says of next week’s episode:

There is excitement in the house and village as the annual cricket match approaches, and it brings out Robert’s competitive side.
As Violet’s great niece Rose arrives, a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye.
Thomas’s future is in Carson’s hands, but Bates may be an unlikely ally.
What secrets are Mary and Matthew holding back from each other?

Who is this “Rose” character? (And she does seem like a character!) How can Bates help Thomas? Don’t Matthew and Mary tell each other everything? And why on Earth are they all playing cricket?

We guess we’ll find out next week! The series finale of Downton Abbey airs on ITV Nov. 4 at 9 p.m.

Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!

Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?