First off, when I heard they'd released the teaser trailer for series three of Downton Abbey, I gotta confess: I may have flapped my hands crying "Ohmigod! Ohmigod!" while running to the nearest computer. That was just in preparation of the familiar halls coming into view. Of course, this was all before NBC Universal blocked the video on copyright grounds. So if you can't see the trailer, never fear! I pulled screenshots before it disappeared, and spent some time coming up with the following highly scientific analyzation:
The Dowager Countess!!! How I've missed her! Making disparaging remarks about EVERYTHING! Especially us Yanks! Except she'd never say the vulgar word "Yank."
Shirley Maclaine is joining the cast! As Lady Grantham's mother! Aha. Lady Edith suddenly makes so much more sense now. I have to say, under normal circumstances, this visit would not bode well for Downton. However, do you actually think you stand a chance up against The Dowager Countess, Shirley McClain? The Dowager Countess will rip your heart out and eat it with a friggin' spoon -- and not make a mess while she does it, thank you very much.
Oh Anna and Mr. Bates! Look at you, being honorable. It's nice to see that some things never change. Bates is probably all, "This cell might take away my liberty for a crime I didn't commit, but it can never take away my probity." And Anna's still like, "You stay alive, no matter what occurs!"
Oh, and Downton is broke. Maybe THAT'S why there's no sign of Carson, or O'Brien, or even Daisy! I mean, can they not even afford to pay Daisy?!!! WTF, Lord Grantham? P. S. Looking dapper, as always.
Branson's back!!! So where's Lady Sybil? She must be about to pop, no? Anyway, I'm pretty sure Matthew thanks you, Branson, for reminding him about Lady Mary's magic vagina.
"How DARE you want to WORK for a living!!!! You've ruined EVERYTHING!!!!"
"Dammit, Mary, I'm a lawyer..."
Okay. Seriously. It looks like nothing's changed. Getting engaged didn't mean the end of Mary and Matthew's issues, oh no! It appears they've found a way to keep us on tenterhooks, the "will they or won't they" question still very much up in the air. Where's Carson when one needs him? He can always talk some sense into Mary. Besides, Matthew being a lawyer looks to be the thing that could SAVE Downton! I mean, what part of "there is no more money" does Mary not get?!!!
Oh, I'm all a-twitter now. But it's time for me to turn it over to you, dear readers! What are your impressions, opinions, and wishes? Let's convo until January!