‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 spoilers: Who’s joking about the returning rumors?

ThomasConsidering that “Downton Abbey” season 3 is airing in America in just a month, many of the show’s cast members are getting opportunities to speak out left and right all over again. This has led to a number of promotional appearances, including a screening in Los Angeles this week featuring Hugh Bonneville, Rob James-Collier, and executive producer Gareth Neame. (Warning: the following contains spoilers for American readers.)

While the chat was largely based around season 3, the guest appearance from Shirley MacLaine (which is not nearly as substantial as some may think), there were some moments at the end where talk centered around the season that will be shooting for ITV next year. While some actors (including Bonneville) are locked in to return, some others are not. This led James-Collier to ask the following rather funny question to Neame in front of countless show fans:

“Gareth, am I coming back? I have a mortgage and a  small child!” 

Considering the arc that Thomas was on at the end of season 3, it would be a shock if he does not return. After all, the character was thrown into fire courtesy of allegations that he made a move on new downstairs employee Jimmy (Ed Speleers) without his consent, even though that was not entirely the case. Jimmy, afraid of what would happen if anyone learned about his true nature, ultimately went along with the plan to have Thomas fired from the Abbey until he was convinced otherwise at the last minute. Thanks to that, both parties are still under Robert’s employ, and Jimmy even has received a promotion to keep him happy.

Do you want to see Thomas back for season 4, and what do you think that his story should be? If you want to read some more “Downton Abbey” season 3 scoop centered around some of the cast members stopping by “CBS This Morning,” you can do so over at the link here.

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