“Downton Abbey” Season Four Trailer: Welcome to Downton

downton-abbeyThe British are indeed quite civilized, so when you visit the Downton Abbey Facebook page? The first thing you can read — before you scroll down and learn you can buy Downton Abbey fabric soon — is a spoiler alert:

Welcome! Please do not post spoilers in your comments, for the benefit of those not in the UK and who are still watching Series 3. Non-UK please also be aware there may be spoilers in fan comments!

I felt welcome already, and really? Best spoiler warning ever — way better than any I’ve ever seen yelled in frustration on Twitter.

One spoiler is clear from the latest Season Four trailer, just released last week: Maggie Smith, and by association the Dowager Countess? You want to take your advice from her, and so does Lady Mary, whether she looks like she wants to or not. Trust me on this one, Lady Mary. Look at her. She looks smarter than you, me, and ten other women rolled into one. She’s got this.

“You have a straightforward choice,” the Dowager Countess says, to me.. err, I mean, to Lady Mary. “You must choose either death, or life.”

Lady Mary’s face says “Ehhhh, not so sure,” while (whilst) her mouth says, “And you think I should choose life?”

Head nod from the Dowager Countess, which really leaves no room for argument.

What follows in the trailer is just shy of a minute of frenzied smiling, hugging, several kisses, lots of scowling, at least one conversation neither person involved appears to want to be having, a few tears, one fight that looks like it’ll leave the guys pretty sore in the morning, and a lot of tea drinking.

Welcome to Downton. Are you watching this year?

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