K.L. CONNIE WANG
August 4, 2014
At the PBS summer press tour, Downton Abbey cast members Allen Leech, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, and Michelle Dockery—who play Tom Branson, Lady Edith, Anna Bates, and Lady Mary, respectively—were on hand with executive producer Gareth Neame help promote the upcoming fifth season. What should fans expect?
It looks like the battle for Mary’s heart rages on between Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) and Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden). There’s no clear winner yet, but I’m #TeamBlake on this love triangle.
Lady Edith will visit Timothy Drewe, the tenant farmer who secretly takes in Edith’s baby to raise as his own. Her turning up on Drewe’s farm all the time is starting to look a bit suspicious. I wonder who at Downton will start to notice first?
Branson continues to try to balance his life upstairs with the Crawleys and his old life downstairs with the servants. Last year brought him a new love interest in Sarah Bunting, an outspoken teacher with radical political views, but when Leech talks about the Branson-Bunting pairing, it doesn’t sound too promising for the two. He says that Bunting reminds Branson of his past but that he doesn’t see a long future for them.
When asked to reveal any plot points for the upcoming season, Leech revealed to much laughter, “Well, the unicorn farm, no one expects,” to which Dockery replied, “It’s much more pleasant than the pigs.”
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