On the same day of the “Downton Abbey” season 3 finale in America, we are inching ever closer to finding out some key information about what is coming up on the fourth season if the hit ITV / PBS drama series. Want to know some more information? If you want to avoid spoilers for Sunday night, stop repeating now.
According to some new reports, “Miranda” star Tom Ellis is currently among the frontrunners to land the role as the love interest to Michelle Dockery’s Mary for both the fourth and potentially fifth season of the show. This role was originally announced via a casting call last month, and there have been countless names and faces considered.
Let us be clear that this announcement in no way is meant to guarantee that Ellis will land the role, but given his status at the moment as a hot commodity in Britain, he has to be considered a favorite for the part. However, the question that remains is just whether or not the fans of the show are going to be okay with Lady Mary moving on following Matthew’s death. While Julian Fellowes is likely to incorporate a time jump between seasons (as he traditionally does), it will still feel like a relatively short time since the end of Dan Stevens’ character for the fans. Reaction has been mixed, to say the least, when it comes to Mary finding someone new, with many protesting by saying that they would rather see the character be sad for a little while first.
If Ellis ends up landing the part, what would you think about the casting? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and also head over to the link here in order to read some more on what to expect for “Downton Abbey” season 4.
Update: Ellis has since been cast instead in an ABC pilot.
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