So what sort of impact is the arrival of Shirley MacLaine’s Martha going to have on the residents of “Downton Abbey” this season? While we already know that she is not going to go over very well with Maggie Smith’s character of the Dorager Countess, this is not the only person in the slightest that she will have some problems with.
Speaking as a part of a new interview with E! News, Elizabeth McGovern confirmed that we are going to be seeing the tension between Cora and her mother play out not just in the beginning of the season, but also throughout:
“I think that Cora is very fond of her mother. There is not a lot of tension between them … She’s protective of her when she comes over, too, because she’s facing this somewhat suspicious cold front, which is her English family that Cora is now used to and has learned how to manipulate or to live amongst. So I think she is very sensitive to how it must be like for her mother to enter into this atmosphere that she has grown used to.”
How much Martha are we going to see on this show? We’re not altogether certain just yet, but it is hard to deny that she will have a significant impact throughout the entire year no matter how much she appears. Cora also has something else important that she is going to have to deal with: the idea that much of her inheritance money is going to be gone courtesy of some bad investments that were made in Canadian railroads.
What have you thought about Martha’s character thus far? We want to hear more of your thoughts below! If you do want to hear what Joanne Froggatt has to say about this new season, you can do so by heading over to the link here.