The Telegraph reports that the renewed contracts are for two, not three, years. Downton executives have not confirmed either way. All the same, we're just happy to hear some main characters will be sticking around for awhile!
After last season’s round of sudden and gory exits from Downton Abbey, we have some residual commitment issues. In a show where leading characters like Matthew “Survived A World War But Can’t Drive To Save My Life” Crawley (Dan Stevens) can bite the dust, is anyone safe?
Although the contracts are no guarantee the characters will avoid the wrath of Julian Fellowes ink and quill, at least they’re some kind of sign that Downton will be in our lives for the foreseeable future. Just the other day executive producer Gareth Neame hinted at the show’s potential longevity.
The cast members we can count on sticking around include Robert (Hugh Bonneville) and his lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) as well as Edith (Laura Carmichael), Tom (Allen Leech), and Mary (Michelle Dockery). Thank goodness we won’t be looking at any orphan storylines for little Sybil and Georgie.
A three-year contract is the norm for many British shows, and it’s the end of the actors’ first round of contracts that inspired all those departures last season. Dan headed for America while Jessica Brown Findlay, aka Lady Sybil, aimed for the silver screen and Siobhan Finneran, aka Sarah O'Brien, took a much-needed breather from being pure evil.