“Downton Abbey” season 4 has yet to begin filming, but there is still plenty of work being done when it comes to the casting process. Want to know more? All you have to do is listen to what the show’s creator Julian Fellowes is saying now. (Warning: the following contains spoilers for American readers. Continue on at your own risk.)
Speaking in a new interview with TV Guide, Fellowes teases that there is already a role being cast on the show that will end up impacting the storylines for both Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary and Allen Leech’s Tom Branson. How so? Let’s just say that the widow and the widower’s children will be receiving a nanny to help raise them in their formative years. Fellowes says that they have a “lovely nursery story” lined up for the season, and with his choice in adjectives here we are going to go ahead and assume that the show is not planning to do anything horrible to the children as it was forced to do to both Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley after Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens each chose to leave the show.
We know that there are plans for both Tom and Mary to try and consider romantic relationships again moving forward, though we have already cautioned multiple times that trying to put the two together would be a mistake. They may also have some other stories to preoccupy their time, as Mary may find other pursuits and Tom is expected now to play a much larger role in the estate with Matthew’s death in mind.
“Downton Abbey” season 4 will begin filming in the months ahead, and is currently expected to premiere on ITV in the fall. As for fans in America, brace yourselves for another long wait: we don’t see any reason why PBS would suddenly decide to shift the show to spring with the commercial implications of doing so.
What sort of storyline do you want to see for each of these characters? Be sure to share your thoughts below!