‘Downton Abbey’ season 3 spoilers: The madness that follows

We have already seen some major twists and turns arrive at “Downton Abbey” this season in between Tom’s conflict and the sudden realization that Lord Grantham’s money is suddenly drying up thanks to a poor investment in Canada, and the best part (at least for us as viewers, but not necessarily for the characters) is that the drama we should anticipate seeing next is far from over.

Speaking to Wetpaint at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, here is what the show’s executive producer in Gareth Neame had to say about what this season is going to be like in general:

“It’s a rollercoaster this year, there’s huge stuff going on. We have two or three new characters join in the early episodes and it’s a big cast as you know, it’s 20 to 25 main characters so there’s a lot of story going on. All of their little individual stories, all like spinning plates.”

We already know that one such new arrival to the show is Martha (Shirley MacLaine), and she is going to prove herself to be a massive thorn in the side of the Dorager Countess (Maggie Smith) as well as many other people at the Abbey. However, we really have a hard time believing that she is going to be the primary problem here at the end of the day; it’s the worries related to money that are far more significant, especially when it could lead to the Abbey being put up for sale and Cora being left with nothing thanks to Grantham’s big gamble.

Of course, new episodes for “Downton Abbey” are not going to be airing in the United States until 2013, but we are going to continue to follow the timeline here of our friends across the pond. If you want to check out the first promo for the second episode of the season (which airs Sunday on ITV), you can do so by heading over to the link here.

Photo: ITV

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