In classic Downton Abbey fashion, the seeds so carefully planted by Julian Fellowes early in the season are beginning to sprout as the finale draws near.
Episode 5 went a long ways to answering some of our more pressing questions including where things stood between Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt). Of course, however, there are still plenty more plot twists ahead judging from a preview of Episode 6.
The 31-second clip starts off with a bang: “Michael’s vanished into thin air,” a teary-eyed Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) confesses to her mother. “If anything had happened, we’d have heard,” Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) says, trying to comfort her clearly distraught daughter. By the way, did anyone else notice that Edith looks a little, um, rounder in the middle? Did Edith’s night of passion with Michael “Disappearing Act” Gregson (Charles Edwards) lead to unexpected consequences? It’s too early to tell, and we haven’t heard any confirmation. But still, wouldn’t that be an interesting twist?
Also in the promo: Anna and Bates ditch their uniforms for fancy clothes but look tense despite a nice evening out. “I was a fool to think we could leave it behind,” Anna says before Cora interrupts. First question: Where exactly are Anna and Bates? Second question: Is Bates making good on his vow to find the man who attacked his wife?
Finally, at the end, we get a glimpse of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) chatting up old visitor the Abbey, Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks). Like his last visit, Evey’s brought along a guest, Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden), who is rumored to be Mary’s new love interest. Will he find his way into her bedchamber on the first night like Evelyn’s last pal? Unlikely seeing as she refers to Charles as “a traitor” in the clip.
What do you hope to see in Episode 6? More Lady Edith or Lady Mary meeting a new bloke? Sound off in the comments below.