I don't want Mary without Matthew. Period.
How about they have her play a older version of her Daughter?
Dame Maggie's a smart old dame (), she's probably holding out for more dough.
As much as I love Downton Abbey ... I really hope they don't try to drag things on forever. The greatest thing about BritTV over AmericanTV is that, traditionally, British series go for quality over quantity -- 6 to 12 episodes a season, rarely more than 3 seasons and sometimes not even that. There's the odd series that breaks the rule successfully (Midsomer comes to mind), but the others that try to drag on end up just dragging (Heartbeat, BallyK, and Monarch of the Glen to name but 3).
I'd much rather Downton Abbey go out on a high note than try to cash in on its popularity and go on indefinitely.
Now that's Mary's situation is "settled" and all is right with that part of the world, I hope we see Edith and that older widower who injured his arm in the war get together.
More because I like his character then hers, lol.
Regarding the likelihood of my earlier post, I'm just glad to have had a reason to bump up this thread
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
My biggest issue with the Ouija board, meanwhile, isn't that it was 'helpful' (Mrs. Patmore was BLATANTLY pushing it for Daisy's "message", while with Anna, it could very well be someone's subconscious.) It was that apparently the spirits of Downton are champion speed-spellers.
And so far, they have NOT tried to pull an actor switch. And characters who leave, leave, at least as far as people like Gwen go. (And Jane and Ethel, one can hope. In a soap they'd be all the same character anyway.)
Apparently Downton Abbey and cast were a huge hit at the Television Critics Association convention in Beverly Hills yesterday. They didn't reveal a lot about season three but that it will return on PBS January 6th, and that there are one or two moments.
But the best part, IMO? FREE BATES! Scroll down for the pic...totally worth it.
Thanks for the chuckle!
January can't come soon enough!