Downton Abbey just aired the finale of its second season in the United States (our friends in Britain watched it months ago), but inquiring minds already want to know what lies ahead for the lords, ladies, maids and butlers in Season 3.
Season 2 focused on World War I and the chaos it brought to English society, and creator Julian Fellows tells the New York Times that Season 3 will continue to explore the "immense social change" that followed in the 1920s.
"By starting it in 1912, it meant that we could have that post-Edwardian serenity, followed by the first World War, followed by the '20s," he says.
Issues that had been "pulsing" underneath the surface will finally break free.
"You had the first votes being given — not to all women, but at least to some women — in 1919, and you have union activity, you have the Russian Revolution, you have all sorts of troubles going on across Europe," he notes.
"And that gave us right there, three series where each would have a very different mood. Which was rather an attractive idea, really."
As for the beloved characters, though they will become embroiled in this social turmoil, they'll still have their own issues to deal with.
Star-crossed lovers Anna and Mr. Bates, now sentenced to life in prison, have never had it easy ... and it looks as though their road isn't going to get any smoother.
"These are two people who have not been given all that much in life, but what they have been given is a real love," Fellowes says. "I wouldn’t ever want to undermine that. But they’ve got to suffer a little. Nothing harder to dramatize than happiness."
Source: The New York Times