So PBS & Masterpiece gave a wonderful late Christmas present yesterday by presenting the first ten minutes of Downton Abbey season 3. It had some trouble loading for a lot of people, but I’ve had better luck getting it off the PBS Facebook page than Masterpiece’s. Here’s the link: Downton Abbey Season 3 Sneak Peek
Warning: spoilers ahead if you don’t want to watch the first ten minutes and be completely surprised when the season premieres Jan. 6.
The first ten minutes are chock full of drama both upstairs and down, and if it’s any indication as to how season 3 is going to go, it seems very promising. The focus appears to return to the house and the people who live in it and the people who help run it. We’ve got a debate about lending Lady Sybil and Branson money to attend Lady Mary’s wedding, something Lord Robert staunchly protests (unlike other family members, he feels town gossip will be less if they stay away). We’ve got Lady Mary and Matthew debating where to live after the honeymoon (with talk of taking Mary to bed, oh my! Scandalous). We’ve got Lord Robert losing Lady Cora’s fortune in a very bad deal with a Canadian railway (apparently he was never taught to diversify his portfolio), thus threatening the entire future of the estate. We’ve got O’Brien bypassing Carson and using her influence over her ladyship to bring on her nephew as a new footman. And we’ve got Anna discovering some new evidence that might help clear her husband’s good name. All in the first ten minutes! A fantastic set up to the conflicts that will play out in the third season.
Has anyone else watched the preview? What do you think? Are we in for a great season of Downton?