Fair warning: SPOILERS for season three ahead!
Hold onto your cloches, because the latest Downton Abbey trailer is here!
Although those of us in the US will have to wait until January to watch the fourth season of the hit British drama, lucky UK-based Bettys only have a few weeks to go before Downton Abbey returns to ITV. Last season’s Christmas special ended on one heck of a downer with Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) dying in a car crash right after the birth of his son; no doubt the widowed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will spend a good portion of season four working through her grief. But what else do we have to look forward to? Well, if this minute-long trailer is anything to go, a lot of people kissing, crying, and drinking tea. Here, take a look:
Although we’ll miss both Cousin Matthew and the devious maid Sarah O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran), you’ll also notice some new faces: Eleven of them, to be precise. Joining the cast are Tom Cullen as Lord Anthony Gillingham, an old childhood friend of Mary (now all grown up); Nigel Harman as Gillingham’s valet, Green; Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton, a friend of the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith, of course); Dame Kiri Te Kanawa as the Australian opera singer Nellie Melba; Joanna David as the Duchess of Yovil; Julian Ovenden as Charles Blake, an aristocrat, Daisy Lewis as a nanny for Lady Mary’s and Tom Branson’s (Allen Leech) kids; James Fox as Sir John Bullock; Raquel Cassidy as new maid Bazter (O’Brien’s replacement, perhaps?); and perhaps most excitingly, Gary Carr as Jack Ross, a jazz singer from Chicago—and the show’s first black character.
The trailer seems to have gone the Great Gatsby route with regards to its music choice; while most of us probably associate Downton Abbey with strings and piano, the tune playing in the background here is “Wolf’s Law” by Welsh alt rock band The Joy Formidable. I’m not totally sure how I feel about it, but hey, it’s just a trailer, so I’m not going to give them too much grief over it. It’s not as if they’ve decided to do that to the entire series or anything…
…We think. Anyhoo, take a listen to the whole track here if you’re curious about it.
Downton Abbey returns to ITV on September 22, 2013 and to PBS on January 5, 2014.
Tell us: Which new character are you most excited to meet?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.