Praise be to the Dowager Countess! After months upon months without any Downton Abbey news, the Season 5 cast photo has finally made its grand debut. This, of course, is that iconic photo of the year’s biggest players all in a line outside the Abbey.
Beside being a role call of all our favorites, the cast photo gives us an introduction to any new characters and a hint of what the forecast will be like this season. And we mean that last part quite literally. Remember that gloomy Season 3 photo with the black and blue sky? Yeah, black and blue is just about how we felt after that particular series concluded.
With Season 5 gearing up to start at the end of next month (or so we suspect seeing as there’s still no official word of a premiere date out of the United Kingdom), the arrival of this photo makes sense. ITV, the channel that airs Downton over in the U.K., also shared a handful of other images from the upcoming season.
Most notably, we get a peek at what Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley’s little boy and his cousin, Lady Sybil and Tom Branson’s daughter, look like now. You can also spot them in the lineup in the photo above. They’re off to the right and, you know, a good three feet shorter than anyone else in the frame.
So pour yourself a cup of tea and begin obsessing over this new picture. And if you need even more Downton Abbey (of course you do, we know), we’ve got all the juiciest Season 5 tidbits over in a nice little spoilers roundup. Remember, check back with Wetpaint Entertainment when Season 5 kicks off next month. We’ll be doing recaps of all the episodes!