As the sun gets ready to set on series 4 of Downton Abbey, you’re not going to want to miss the final this coming Sunday. Not having seen this week’s episode yet, one can only assume that we’ll dig deeper into the Bates/Anna drama, Edith’s forthcoming motherhood looking more and more like it will be without Mr. Gregson and wondering how Daisy & Ivy’s life can possibly continue without Alfred.
We do know that this isn’t the half of it. The storyline for the season finale revolves around Lady Rose MacClare’s (Lily James) entry into London high society where the family and servants take up residence at their home in the capital.
Shirley MacLaine returns as Lady Grantham’s mother Martha, James Fox joins the cast as aristocrat Lord Aysgarth and Paul Giamatti will play Lady Grantham’s brother, Harold. You remember Harold. The ‘crazy’ New Yorker that Lord Grantham almost missed the annual church bazaar for because he had to head to America to testify on Harold’s behalf.
Here’s a first look at Martha’s return and Harold’s arrival in London, which will air this Sunday on PBS’ Masterpiece series. Given Uncle Harold’s lack of interest in leaving America and his disinterest about watching a ‘bunch of debutantes’ in a ballroom, I can’t wait to see where this leads us before next season.