A spoiler-free look at the return of ‘Downton Abbey’

  • By Melanie Munk Herald Writer
  • Friday, December 28, 2012 4:19pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Our friends are coming back! Our rich friends, and our poor friends, too.

The third season of “Downton Abbey” starts at 9 p.m. Jan. 6 on KCTS Channel 9, with a luxurious two-hour launch. It continues for seven Sundays, until its 90-minute finale Feb. 17 (one week before the Sunday Oscar broadcast, thank goodness!).

Be careful! Spoilers in the news abound. This entire story, however, is spoiler-free. Unless you haven’t seen seasons one and two.

A quick orientation is in order.

The Great War is over and the Spanish flu, which ravaged the countryside at the end of the war, spared Cora, the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), but took poor Lavinia (Zoe Boyle), Matthew’s fiancee.

I know it’s unkind, but this rather clears the way for Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) doesn’t it?

Meanwhile, downstairs, the poor head housemaid, Anna Smith (Joanne Froggatt) waits patiently for her Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle), who is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Are the two destined never to find happiness?

The new season may not answer every question, but one thing is sure: A new character will provide a satisfying foil to the acid-tongued Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith). Shirley MacLaine joins the cast as Martha Levinson, Lady Cora’s very American mother.

If you’re getting in the mood, you still have a chance to watch the final episode of season two at 9 p.m. Sunday on PBS.

If that’s not enough, you can receive “Tea Times,” twice-weekly emails with “Downton Abbey” tidbits, highlights and recaps; go to kcts9.org/downton-abbey to sign up.

The website is a trove of information about previous episodes, the characters and the actors who play them.

So. I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a wedding. But whose …?

More in Life

Ice queen: Local women’s hockey team founder is fearless

Leslie Tidball’s fearless competitive spirit keeps her going strong in ice hockey at 64 years old.

Sarita Viramontiz attempts a start off the blocks during an open house at the Granite Curling Club Sunday night in Seattle on February 18, 2018. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)
Granite Curling Club hosts open houses to teach the Olympic sport

With the 2018 Winter Games wrapping up, the club expects its informal classes to fill up quickly.

Making chores fun: Clean up the kitchen in five easy steps

“Zone cleaning” is to do one step at a time, which means that chores aren’t overwhelming.

How to entice a wide range of winged friends to your yard

A Tulalip Bay couple shares how they encourage birds, bees and butterflies to visit their garden.

You can bird-proof your home to prevent window deaths

Studies estimate that billions of birds die after crashing into glass in the U.S. each year.

American horror: What can we do to prevent mass murder?

There isn’t a single cause or a single solution for deathly shootings like the one in Florida.

Discovering the romance of Germany’s Black Forest

Avoid the tourist traps and immerse yourself in the region’s charming countryside.

Growing up: Some plants go through changes not unlike puberty

Arborvitae, junipers, spruce and pines, for example, exhibit juvenile and adult characteristics.

Decorated ceramic pig bares famous Wemyss Ware trademark

Very early flower-decorated pigs from Wemyss Ware have auctioned for over $30,000.

Most Read