Maggie Smith + Shirley MacLaine Face Off In 'Downton Abbey's' Season 3 Promos

Can't wait to get back into the world of 'Downton Abbey?' Check out these two promos for season 3!

Maggie Smith + Shirley MacLaine Face Off In ‘Downton Abbey’s’ Season 3 Promos

Can’t wait to get back into the world of ‘Downton Abbey?’ Check out these two promos for season 3!

-Lucia Peters

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If, like us, you’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out what’s going to happen next in the world of Downton Abbey, we’ve got a treat for you today: The first promos for the third season of the show are out!

As you’ll recall (SPOILER ALERT), when we last left the abbey’s intrepid inhabitants, Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle) had been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his former wife, while Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) had finally stopped dancing around each other and got engaged. Now, the legendary Shirley MacLaine joins the cast as Martha Levinson, the mother of Lady Cora Crawley AKA the Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern). How will she and the Dowager Countess (the equally legendary Maggie Smith) get along? Well, if this little clip is anything to go by, not well — and it’s going to be epic:

No one shoots a backhanded comment like the Dowager Countess. NO ONE.

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But wait! There’s more! The plot thickens in this second clip as the two venerable women face off in the abbey’s foyer:

Has the Dowager Countess finally met her match? Perhaps. I don’t know about you, Bettys, but I can’t wait to see these two ladies go head to head! Oh, and also, there’s probably going to be a wedding. Just sayin’.

The third season of Downton Abbey begins airing in the UK in September; unfortunately, though, those of us who live Stateside will have to wait until January 2013 to delve back into the upstairs-downstairs world of Downton. Mark your calendars—and in the meantime, might we suggest adding a few Downton-inspired items to your wardrobe?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.

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