At yesterday’s TCA panel with the cast of the British soap opera and Emmy winning drama, Downton Abbey, the stars of the series spoke to members of the press to answer what they could of what is to come in season four, which we have now learned will debut on January 5th in the United Stated on Masterpiece Classic on PBS!
Series leading lady, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary) commented on several interesting things on people’s minds, chief among them what she thought when she found out about the departure of her co-star Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) who was killed-off in the season three finale cliffhanger! Dockery exclaimed, “My first reaction was ‘oh crap, what is going to happen?’ I thought ‘where can the story go now,’ we spent all this time having this on-off, will-they/won’t-they relationship?” She added that after ‘Downton’ creator, Julian Fellowes explained what is to come for Lady Mary post-Matthew she was a bit better about it, “As much as I think it was sad to see Dan go, it opens up an opportunity for Julian to take the character in all new directions.”
Now the big question is … who will be Lady Mary’s new love? Well, while many are betting it was the handsome and popular Allan Leech who plays Branson, that seems to be not where things will be heading in season four! Dockery on Lady Mary’s upcoming love-life, noted, “She has more than one love interest…she’s kind of slowly throughout the series coming back to real life.” Dockery qualified the obvious budding relationship with her brother-in-law Tom Branson, who is also a widower with child. Michelle related that the characters are just friends, and she doesn’t think that relationship will go any further than that. At least she, “hope’s not.”
Plans are underway for a fifth season of Downton Abbey too, but will it be the last with so many of the actors becoming household names around the world and doing outside projects? For more on ‘Downton’ check out USAToday!
So, who do you want Lady Mary to end up with? The new man that is coming on the canvas? Would you like to see Branson still be the man for her in the end? Can anyone replace Matthew in Mary’s life? Comment below!