‘Downton Abbey’ season 3 spoilers: First details on episode 8

“Downton Abbey” sure is getting their information out there fast about their upcoming episodes. Less than 24 hours after both the end of episode 6 and the release of the first promo for episode 7, we now have the latest details that are coming in from the episode that will be airing a week from Sunday.

We are nearing the end of this season, and there is some sort of a sense of urgency present in the synopsis below. It starts off rather pleasant enough courtesy of a sporting event, but it ends with something that could end up tearing one of the show’s beloved couples apart. Haven’t we already been through enough struggle and heartbreak this season already? Apparently, somebody (with that person likely being Julian Fellowes) has decided to torment us a little bit more moving forward:

“There is excitement in the house and village as the annual cricket match approaches, and it brings out Robert’s competitive side … As Violet’s great niece Rose arrives, a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye … Thomas’s future is in Carson’s hands, but Bates may be an unlikely ally … What secrets are Mary and Matthew holding back from each other?”

More than anything else at the moment, we are just excited to see the words “Bates” in the context of something that is not prison after his release during this past episode. However, we still have a feeling that just like with many of the other characters on the show at the moment, his story really is far from over. As for Matthew and Mary, let’s just hope that this isn’t any further credence to the story suggesting that Dan Stevens is looking to leave the show in order to pursue acting in America.

What do you think about this description, and are there any moments that stand out to you already?

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