With Thanksgiving over, most people around here are counting down the days until Christmas. But I’m counting down the days to Downton. Okay, yeah, I’ll admit I’m looking forward to Christmas too. But I have been eagerly anticipating Downton Abbey‘s return since season 2 ended. I’ve been patient, and I haven’t looked up spoilers (well, I did come across one HUGE one, but I promise it was accidental, honest. Blame it on Google). And I hope my patience pays off.
I just finished re-watching the first season of the show and remembered why I fell in love with the series. I’ll be the first to admit it is a guilty pleasure, a soap opera dressed up in period costume. But the first season didn’t make that quite so apparent. The scandals made more sense, and had major ramifications on the story line. The second series was a little over the top at times (There was the whole “Matthew can’t walk, oh wait, he can!” thing. And the scandal with maid Ethel and the soldier, then the scandal with the replacement maid and Lord Grantham. And don’t forget forget (possibly) fake Patrick Crawley, who was in and out in one episode). Did I still enjoy it? Yes. Did I buy the DVD? Of course. Am I going to watch it again to prepare for season 3? Absolutely.
BUT. I do hope that season 3 will get back to the heart of what made season 1 so great. Scandals? Bring them on. But make them a little more realistic, and a lot more important to the story arc of the series.
43 days until Downton and counting. Don’t disappoint me, Julian Fellowes.