By Armando Tinoco, Nov 12, 2013 11:50 PM EST
Downton Abbey Season 4 has ended after 8 intense episodes, but the Crawley family has more in store for us with a brand new Christmas special episode. These solitary episode are usually heart-warming and provide us with a glimpse into the lives of our beloved characters, but last year's special was a complete shocker when they killed off Matthew after the actor Dan Stevens did not renew his contract to reprise his role in the upcoming season. This year Shirley MacLane will return straight from America which will provide with some comedic relief with the very British Violet (Maggie Smith). MacLane will not be alone as she has hauled over her son, which will be played by American actor Paul Giamatti. He will be playing Cora's brother, Harold Levinson and will cause some drama and the Countess of Grantham will actually like him, as opposed to his mother.
Season 4 of Downton Abbey ended with a cliffhanger after we found out that Mr. Green, the valet that raped Anna was dead. Everyone is pointing fingers at Mr. Bates as he left the estate for a couple of hours after he figured out Mr. Green was the culprit that molested his wife. Will the secret be out and land Bates back in jail forever? Funny enough, Bates does not appear in the Christmas special photo (above) which could also mean that they will maybe leave the subject for the next season. Lady Edith is Switzerland bound after she found out she was pregnant. The special takes places during the winter season, could it be Edith is back before time and maybe showing a baby bump she must continue to hide? What if a Christmas miracle happens and Gregson calls her? Then she wouldn't have to give up her baby.
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