Now that the wait is finally over, and the second episode of the fourth series of Downton Abbey is just days away, ITV have released some exciting pictures from Sunday night’s episode for you to see ahead of time.
We can’t imagine there was a TV set in the country that wasn’t set to ITV (or set to record at very least) at 9pm on Sunday night as fans welcomed the Crawley family and staff back to autumn drama with wide open arms.
Having ended last year’s Christmas Day Special with the sudden and tragic death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) we were fast forwarded 6 months in time to see how the estate was coping without its heir.
Not well was the answer unfortunately, with Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) still trying to work out the great house’s finances, whilst Tom Branson (Allen Leech) tried to be more realistic and modern with his plans to keep the books afloat, desperately trying to enlist Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) to join his side of the campaign in Matthew’s absence.
However Lady Mary was still overwhelmed with grief after losing her one true love, not even able to console herself with her small child, but thankfully after a few harsh but fair words from the likes of her Grandmother, The Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) and Carson the butler (Jim Carter) it seemed that, by the end of the episode, she had managed to snap out of it somewhat and re-join the human race – Hurrah!
So, what can we expect from Sunday night’s episode, we hear you ask…..
Without wanting to give too much away we can tell you that, after the arrival of Carson’s old dancing partner during last week’s episode, a little more of Carson’s past is revealed – namely the romantic part, with a lost love being discovered.
Also Lady Mary is faced to make a huge decision after a letter from her late husband is found, causing a huge ripple through the family, with Carson drafted in to save the day, whilst Edith (Laura Carmichael) continues to plan her trip to Germany to get married.
Finally on a secret night out Lady Rose finds a new gentleman friend in Sam Thawley but the evening takes a drastic turn when a fight breaks out and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) is left in trouble when the rest of the downstairs staff turn against her.
Downton Abbey continues on Sunday night at 9pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.