The wait for the fifth series of Downton Abbey is nearly over, and in the build-up to this glorious event, some of the show’s cast have been sharing some series secrets that we thought you might be interested in!
When we left the great estate at the end of the show’s run last year, the Grantham family were just starting to come to terms with the loss of Matthew Crawley, and his widow Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) even had two marriage proposals to choose from, But which – if either – one will she accept?
As we have previously reported, Mary is set to have a jam-packed series, and this week, Michelle Dockery has been hinting to the Sun newspaper just what we might have in store!
One of the first things that Dockery addresses is the relationship between her character and her widower brother-in-law Tom Branson, who are set to become even closer when the new series hits our screens. But unfortunately, they are not likely to ever become romantically involved.
According to Dockery her character, who we have seen blossom from the once spoilt rich girl into a mature woman, is now beginning to “embrace her new life”, but whilst adding that Mary will never get over losing her one true love, Michelle insisted: “She’s now trying to find the next thing in her life.”
Meanwhile, Mary’s sister Edith (Laura Carmichael) is also dealing with grief, although hers is secret as she is forced to sit back and watch her daughter be brought up by another family.
However, the child’s father, Michael Gregson – who fans will know disappeared last year en-route to Germany to be granted a divorce in order to marry Edith – might still turn up and change everything.
But in the meantime, Edith will spend the new series coming to terms with her secret pregnancy and the subsequent adoption of her baby, which Laura explains is something that did happen in those days as she mused that the situation could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for Edith’s privileged life.
She said: “In this series, she is more involved in her newspaper career. It’s less about the petty squabbles. As well as that, Julian had to tackle the big question of her motherhood and it’s still there.
“What we follow as the audience is very much the story of her and her child.”
Carmichael concluded the interview by saying that she, like the rest of the world, hopes that Edith will one day get her happy ending and make a successful trip up the aisle, but whether that will be with Gregson or not remains to be seen!
Elsewhere, and it would seem that the aforementioned Tom Branson, whose wife Sybil died in series three,is also finally ready to move on, and he may have the chance to do just that with Sarah Bunting (Daisy Lowe), the teacher we were introduced to last series.
But according to Allen Leech, the actor who plays the former chauffeur, a happy ending doesn’t look to be on the cards just yet, as he explained how Tom’s friendship with Sarah reminds him too much of his previous life, and that will cause Tom some moral conflict.
He explained: “You’ve got to bear in mind it’s this family that he fought against but, now he’s ensconced with these people.
“He realises they are confined within the class system, but that they’re good people.
“Tom has always said that he wants to make change happen from the inside out. And he’s trying to do that and trying to educate people but it takes time.”
Finally another massive piece of last series’ drama came in the form of the rape of Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), followed by the implication that her husband, Bates (Brendan Coyle) had killed the valet, Mr Green, who was responsible for it.
But it doesn’t look like we will be getting answers anytime soon, as according to Froggatt, this series will be focused on her character’s plight as she has to decide whether to believe her husband capable of murder, or not.
She explained: “It’s the ultimate moral dilemma isn’t it? Whether or not Mr Bates did it or not is sort of beside the point. He has a genuine motive that most of us can connect with.
“She doesn’t believe he would set out to murder somebody, but she knows he could’ve really hurt Mr Green if he found out who he was.”
Downton Abbey is set to return to our ITV screens this autumn – Watch the first official teaser trailer for series 5 in the clip below: