Though Season 4 of Downton Abbey has yet to reach televisions in the U.S., the traditional Christmas special will still air as planned – and from what we’ve seen already, there are multiple questions we hope will be answered in it. For those who are die-hard fans and have yet to see Season 4, beware of what is to come! It might be just enough information to be a slight spoiler for you.
Is Lady Rose Getting Married?
Very briefly, we see a clip that, for me, couldn’t be conveyed as anything else. Beautiful Lady Rose in a white dress, bouquet in hand, approaching what seems to be royalty? Could it be that she has found a suitor – and, even more intriguingly, could that suitor be royalty?
What has Mr. Bates done?
In very vague snippets, we see moments that are seemingly incriminating towards Mr. Bates. Once with Mrs. Hughes, in which she has an expression that seems both disappointed and surprised. Another with Lady Mary, in which she says “I expect many people must regret the things they got up to in London.” And then to finish, a snippet with Anna who asks “What does it mean?” There are many questions surrounding these previews that not only build anticipation for the Christmas special, but also for the entirety of the season we have yet to see.
Will Lady Mary find love again?
At the end of last season, Downton Abbey fans were crushed when Matthew died and left Lady Mary with their newborn baby. However, in the teaser, we see her dancing with an unidentified gentleman and also being looked at longingly by another. Does Lady Mary have love in her future? For me, the more important question is, will we be able to accept this new suitor in replacement of Matthew?
What in the world is going on with Branson?
The last time we saw him, Edna Braithwaite, a maid in the house, expressed her interest. In the Christmas special teaser, we see little to nothing of him, nor do we see her. Is Branson ready to move on, or did he pursue anything with Edna? I was anxious at the end of Season 3 to see what happened with him, and being given no more insight through this teaser, my anxiety is growing.
Why is Lady Edith leaving?
Very briefly, we see a scene between Lady Edith and Violet Crawley, in which Violet asks Lady Edith when she will be leaving for London. Afterward, we only see one more shot of her before the end of the teaser, in which she looks worried. What troubles has Lady Edith found in Season 4? The anticipation is killing me!
I can’t wait to see what the upcoming season and Christmas special has in store for all the characters! Season 4 of Downton Abbey will begin airing January 5, 2014 in the US. Needless to say I’ve marked it on my calendar and have started a countdown. Hang in there, Downton fans! Our time is slowly but surely approaching.