‘Downton Abbey’ season 3 spoilers: Details from the first two episodes

Since we in America know that the wait until 2013 for new “Downton Abbey” episodes is a long one, it is almost hard for us to even remember that the hit British series is actually debuting across the pond on TV this coming weekend. So what does this mean? If nothing else, we are going to have some quality scoop worth sharing throughout the coming months; and for those who are watching the series early, we’ll also have the occasional review.

Let’s start here first and foremost with the official descriptions from the first two episodes of the new year.

Episode 1 – “Cora’s mother sweeps into Downton for Matthew and Mary’s wedding, but with the couple’s relationship under strain will they even make it to the altar? … New footman Alfred strives to meet Carson’s high standards, under the watchful eye of his aunt O’Brien … Robert’s shocking news brings financial worries to the fore, on an unprecedented scale. Might he lose Downton itself and all it stands for?”

Episode 2 – “The future of Downton hangs precariously in the balance. In the hope of financial rescue from her American grandmother Mary and Violet conspire to make sure Downton puts on a bigger show than ever before with a grand party for friends and neighbours. Mrs Hughes faces some worrying personal news, and O’Brien’s efforts to accelerate Alfred’s progress rankle with Thomas.”

Within two short seasons, “Downton Abbey” has quickly turned itself into one of the biggest success stories on all television. Not only is it a ratings monster in the United Kingdom, but its numbers in America are among the strongest out of any British import that makes it to air here.

What do you think about the plot for the first two episodes? If you want more from this upcoming season courtesy of Elizabeth McGovern, be sure to head over to the link here.

Photo: ITV

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