Monday, September 16, 2013

Downton Abbey series four, episode one - preview pictures and predictions (NO SPOILERS EXACTLY, JUST SPECULATION)

Downton Abbey series four, episode one - preview pictures and predictions

A look ahead at the first episode of series four, accompanied by Ellie Walker-Arnott's patented guessing game...

September 16, 2013

It's been nine long months since Downton Abbey last graced our TV screens but you can breathe that sigh of relief. It's finally here. The world is the way it should be again.

Doesn't it just feel like all the pieces of your life are slotting into place? Like that strange empty feeling in the pit of your stomach has finally been filled? (No? Oh, okay. Just me then...)

Downton Abbey is making its triumphant return to the telly-box on Sunday and it would be a lie to say we haven't been dreaming of this moment for weeks. But let's not forget that Julian Fellowes has a lot of making up to do. The last time we were in his period drama world we had our hearts broken. And they were already straining under the pressure of all that festive turkey and mulled wine before poor Matthew was killed at the wheel of his modern motor car.

When it comes to the start of series four, we've got a lot of questions... How will Mary cope without her beloved Matthew? Will Branson be the man to warm her broken heart? Is Mary a natural mother? Has Edith run off with her married man? How much mischeif has Lady Rose already got up to? And what will Violet have to say about it all?

We've got pictures of the drama to come this Sunday, and it has been our absolute pleasure to get back to making sweeping judgements and spurious predictions about what Downton Abbey might have in store. Here goes...

Laura Carmichael, Lady Edith, Downton Abbey, series four episode one

Mary's looking miserable, isn't she? Which is completely understandable, of course. The poor love spent series three as a newlywed snuggling up to her Matthew. And then along came the Christmas special and before you could say Terry's Chocolate Orange he was cruelly taken from her on the day she gave birth to their first child. Cruel, Fellowes, too cruel.

Sunday's episode kicks off six months after Matthew's road accident. And Mary looks a little like she's been sat in this chair the whole time, slowly shrinking inside her mourning dress. Where baby George is is another question all together. We know the upper classes like their little ones to be seen and not heard, but it seems Mary prefers them not to be seen either. We suspected the eldest Crawley sister wouldn't be a natural mother, but without warm-hearted Matthew there to help we'd guess poor little George has barely seen his mum.


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