‘Blue Bloods’ New Set Photos Reveal Major Character Is Coming Back

by Taylor Cunningham

A new set photo from Blue Bloods let us in on a little secret. Texas Ranger Waylon Gates is coming back to the screen.

That’s right, country crooner Lyle Lovett recently headed back to the set of Blue Bloods. And in an upcoming episode, his character will help Detective Danny Reagan solve a new mystery.

Lovett first worked on CBS’s procedural drama in 2020. In an episode titled Fog of War, Gates traveled to New York City to track down the Lone Star Killer. When he arrived, he didn’t want any help from Danny and Baez, but with some convincing, he allowed the officers to join the case. And in the process, the three forged a bond and friendship—and they found the killer.

Fog of War was the only time Lovett appeared on Blue Bloods. But this past Friday, The Daily Mail spotted the four-time Grammy winner back in Brooklyn with Donnie Wahlberg, and they snapped a few pictures.

Lovett was dressed in his typical Texas Ranger garb. And he was shooting some action-packed scenes alongside Wahlberg.

It isn’t clear when Lovett’s episode will air, but two new titles have been added to the season’s lineup, Be Smart or Be Dead and USA Today. Both episodes will drop later this month, but CBS has not released a synopsis for either title.

‘Blue Bloods’ Star Will Estes Opens Up About How He Would Like Show to End

In a recent interview, Blue Bloods star Will Estes revealed how he wants the series to end. But Don’t worry, Outsiders. The show isn’t going anywhere yet.

While chatting with Looper, Jamie Reagan actor Will Estes talked about his Hollywood career and his favorite memories of Blue Bloods. And since the CBS drama has been running for over 12 years now, the publication couldn’t help but ask about a metaphorical series finale. Interviewer Katy Kroll wondered if Estes had thought about how he’d like the show to end. And apparently, he has. But not in a lot of detail.

“Yeah, I’ve thought about it,” Estes told Kroll. “I’ve thought about it personally, because I’ve been on the show for so long, but I haven’t thought about it much creatively. I don’t know what that will look like creatively.”

The actor just hopes the series isn’t canceled on a whim because he and the rest of the cast think the Reagans deserve a proper send-off.

“I hope that we have some notice, you know? Donnie said they can’t end the show without saying this is the final season or some version of that.” Estes continued. “And I think he’s right. I hope we get that warning. We might not.”