The 30-second spot touting the show’s return on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater will have a full plate scandal and intrigue as the proper Crawleys meet the modern age head on.
The season should be more upbeat follow last year’s, which dealt with the death of Lady Mary’s husband Matthew Crawley played by Dan Stevens. The move was more tactical than strategic. Stevens wanted off the show.
Downton Abbey creator and writer Julian Fellowes and Executive Producers Liz Trubridge and Gareth Neame talked about the upcoming season in a PBS interview.
Fellowes said there were never any plans to get rid of the character, but they had no choice after Stevens decided he wanted to move on.
“Obviously, Matthew’s death was probably the biggest shock story we’ve ever don on this show,” said Trubridge.
“The moment you accept that that is what’s going to happen, you just simply have to look at the show in a different way and what becomes the worst thing could happen, actually becomes a great opportunity to take stories in a different direction,” added Fellowes.
So the trade-off is Mary and Matthew spending every episode in bed talking about what they’re going to do today, and a beautiful, grieving widow trying to rebuild her life. Not a bad trade-off.
The new season picks up six months after his death, with Mary starting to get on with her life.
The show premieres on PBS, Sunday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. EST. Until then check out trailer below and follow TheImproper on Twitter for all the latest “Downton Abbey” updates.