Thursday, January 3, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 3 – What To Expect

Not everyone has had to patiently wait for PBS to show Downton Abbey. I am one of the number who has seen all eight glorious episodes and the Christmas Special. The drama is riveting, the characters still amazing. Maggie Smith has more wonderful one-liners.

I am not normally one for paying attention to spoilers, but in this instance, I’ll leave the details of the story to be revealed as you watch. That is unless you email me. If you ask, I will try to answer. Let’s just say that our characters have their highs and lows and the Christmas special ends with both. We follow the family through life and death. That probably was too much, but there is so much that happens that it is hard to talk about this season without letting something slip.

One of the great things about the series is that it packs a lot of time and drama into the few episodes. Between the regular episodes and the Christmas special, I think it covers nearly 2 years. A lot can happen in 2 years in any family and it most certainly does for our Downton family. Rather than feeling forced like a traditional American soap opera, Julian Fellows has crafted a very real feeling family with joys, arguments, visitors, excursions, and tragedies.

What you really should expect is more of the same high quality stories like you saw in the first two seasons, but if anything, the stakes are higher. I can’t wait to see what season 4 will bring, but for that, even we early viewers have to wait.

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