Saturday, November 30, 2013

Return to Downton...Did We Ever Leave?

By Misty Harris

It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know what I'm speaking of. The period of the year we all have been waiting for...The new season of Downton Abbey! So let the countdown begin. We are little more than a month away from the new season. If you're like me, you've seen enough of the previews to know season four is going to be major!

So let's re-cap. (Warning if you have not watched the previous season(s) this blog is not for you... turn back now).

I think we would all agree that season three was a very difficult one. It began with Lady Mary walking down the aisle to marry Matthew. Unfortunately, happiness was not in the cards for her sister. Poor Lady Edith was stood up at the altar. The dark cloud spread as our favorite valet Bates was still locked-up for a crime he did not commit, while Anna held on to the dream of them being together at last. The death of lady Sybil, threw us all for a loop. I can remember being terribly sad for the character even though her speech to Lady Mary had foreshadowed her impending fate. I thought there was no way the season could continue on without the beloved character. And so we all mourned along with the family and servants. This was definitely the worst thing that could happen in the season. Or so we thought.

After the mourning period subsided, the light began to shine again. There was hope. Bates was finally freed and we thought the happily ever after had finally begun. Lady Mary was pregnant. We all rejoiced. During the latter part of the season we met new characters including new servants and family members. We also watched as the financial security of the family became promising with the birth of an heir...Mary's baby boy. But once again the roller coaster ride that was our emotions took its final drop. Our hearts fell to our stomachs and the sadness rushed in. The shock of the final scene broke our hearts. Matthew was gone. I watched unbelievably as his eyes did not move and his body laid still. Two deaths in one season was much too much to bear for us Downton Lovers.

So now as we await the new season we wonder what's next? How will our hearts be healed. Who will we (and Lady Mary) fall in love with next? We lovers of the Abbey are in a vulnerable place. Are we ready for the changes the "roaring twenties" will bring? Fasten your seatbelts Downton Abbey Lovers, I think we're in for a bumpy ride.

Review the first three seasons of Downton Abbey and catch a sneak peek of the new season this Sunday December 1, as we air Return to Downton Abbey with host Susan Sarandon at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV and stay tuned for the Season Four premiere Sunday, January 5 at 9 p.m.

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