When my friend and blogger Monica Medina of http://monicastangledweb.com/ had the brilliant idea that we should do a tandem post celebrating our love for Downton Abbey, I jumped to it. Er, well, I leaped actually, I typed my answer faster than my keyboard would allow. You see, I am a wee bit obsessed. We share this bond, a love, if you will, for this creative drama that began as a gentle series to keep those of us who are devoted British period drama enthusiasts, busy. Julian Fellowes smartly done, witty parody of privileged life in the post Edwardian 1900’s, and his brilliant juxtaposition of dynamics between the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants downstairs, at magnificent Downton Abbey, has consumed my Sunday nights like no other show could. With a superbly chosen cast, this sweet but glamorous series has taken off, flying, soaring in popularity, charm and indelible wit.
I have been waiting impatiently for season three, since season two ended. And now, it is almost here, well, Sunday, January 6 at 9pm to be exact. I will have tucked my children into bed, lunches will be ready for school the next day, I will have washed dinner things, cleaned up, wiped counters, in my warm pajamas and under the covers, ready for episode one.
At this point, I am obsessively thinking about story lines and where they might lead this season. Will Bates finally come home from prison to be with Anna? He has to. They are without a doubt one of my favorite couples. Will his name be cleared? Will he be valet again or will the ambitious Thomas find himself in the position he has long coveted? it is a given that we will see a wedding after all Mary and Matthew have found their way to each other after an arduous journey. That proposal last season, took my breath away. Will Daisy find more responsibility or will she have a different role? With Shirley MacLaine taking on Cora’s mother’s role, she will excite us, going toe to toe, exchanging witty barbs with the brilliant Maggie Smith. I can’t wait. I adore Maggie Smith. I laugh out aloud for no apparent reason when I see her. She is the epitome of a Dowager Countess. So what do you think? will Sybil return home with Branson? I think she will. Will Edith finally find someone special? Oh but there’s more. I ought to stop, but I can’t, for I keep thinking they have to introduce a new footman, a maid, and at least one new character. Will they? I have seen cast photos with a few new faces, so I think they will. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts after Sunday’s episode.
Please pop over and visit Monica, at http://monicastangledweb.com/ she will have a brilliant post for you to read.