If you're a fan of The Simpsons, you're probably pretty familiar with Waylon Smithers. He's a longtime resident of Springfield, a member of the Malibu Stacy fan club, and dedicated employee of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
Even though we've come to know a fair amount about Mr. Smithers over the years, there's always been one aspect of his character that has become widely known but never openly discussed, until now.
Smithers' closeted sexual orientation has been a running gag on The Simpsons since we first met him in Season 1.
While the initial plan for the Smithers character was to have his sexuality subtly hinted at, it has become increasingly blatant, to the point where most characters in the show are well aware of it.
Although this open secret won't come as a surprise to most citizens of Springfield, Smithers' closest companion, employer, and the object of his affections, Mr. Burns, is shockingly still in the dark.
Well, this season Waylon Smithers will finally open up to Mr. Burns about how he truly feels.
So what can we expect to see of Mr. Smithers this year? The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean told TVLine that Season 27 will take a closer look at the character:
In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t. We deal with that in two episodes. … We actually do a lot with Smithers this year; he gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.
Seeing as how we've had 26 seasons of The Simpsons with limited focus on Burns' personal assistant, I think it's about time we shift some much needed focus onto Mr. Smithers in Season 27.
Hopefully Mr. Burns has become open-minded enough to find this news to be "excellent."