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As if Season 2 wasn’t complicated enough for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew (Dan Stevens), Downton Abbey’s third season apparently won’t be one long happily ever after for the together-at-last couple.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with executive producer Gareth Neame at the 2012 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 14, and he promised even more crazy drama between the twosome, teasing, “It’s a rollercoaster this year.”

Thanks, Downton, for continuing to toy with our fragile emotions.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Tell me, what do you attribute the enormous amount of success Downton Abbey has experienced worldwide to?

Gareth Neame: I think we start with a premise that is a very recognizably British genre, the country house tradition, the aristocracy of the servants, it’s one of our genres. But what we’ve done with this show is we’ve reinvented it for the modern age. The storytelling is very contemporary, the storytelling is very fast-paced and we combine quite a modern sensibility into making the show and the storytelling with extremely high production values. I think audiences just really root for these characters.

What is one of the main themes we will see throughout this upcoming season?

It’s a rollercoaster this year, there’s huge stuff going on. We have two or three new characters join in the early episodes and it’s a big cast as you know, it’s 20 to 25 main characters so there’s a lot of story going on. All of their little individual stories, all like spinning plates. I think it’s great and I’m very excited to see how it does on it’s premiere night tomorrow in England.

What is in store for Mary [Michelle Dockery] this season?

You can expect a lot. I think there’s going to continue to be fireworks in [her] relationship [with Matthew], there’s no doubt about that. It’s not easy!

They don’t get to settle down and just be happy?

It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be complicated but they love each other.

What guest stars can we expect to see?

You know you’re going to get to see Shirley MacLaine. So if you want to see two of the most senior actresses on the planet locked in mortal combat, these two ladies in their late seventies, you know with this wonderful writing by Julian Fellowes, they’re great scenes.

Credit: Youtube Photo: Downton Abbey Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 of Downton Abbey premieres stateside on PBS in January 2013.

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