‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 spoilers: Moving forward from the season 3 finale

Maggie SmithSunday night, for at least fans of “Downton Abbey” in America, is going to be a night of big transition. One season of the hit drama series is going to be over, and another one will be beginning in the United Kingdom in just over six months. Finally, all of the secrets that have been kept tightly (by at least some) can be revealed, and both sides of the pond will be talking about the same thing: season 4.

We recently presented you with a series of small scoops for Sunday night’s finale pertaining to the servants, and now we’re going to do the same thing with the upstairs clan. Not only are we going to share these teasers, though: we’re also going to provide an explanation as to how these may be relevant for the upcoming collection of episodes (which will tragically still not air in America until early next year):

1. Remember Rose? Well, she will be back in an enormous way this week after her brief appearance during the last episode. Her story is especially going to be appropriate for a pair of surprise characters, who start to understand to what extent British society is fully changing.

2. Edith’s journey during the finale is going to be one of self-sufficiency, and Laura Carmichael has already suggested that this will be a theme that carries over very much into the new year.

3. As for Tom Branson, you will see him do something during this episode that makes him realize just how much he misses Sybil, and it will leave a significant impression on him for months to come.

4. As for the final scoop, watch the last five minutes. We’re not going to say anything, at least other than that it will change the entire course of what season 4 is about.

If you want to read a little bit more about “Downton Abbey” season 4, including why Hugh Bonneville is adopting a no-spoilers policy while shooting it, you can do so over at the link here.

Photo: ITV / PBS

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