By Hanh Nguyen
Pull out your dancing shoes, because Downton Abbey will be entering the Jazz Age.
[Warning: The following contains major spoilers from the past three seasons of Downton Abbey. If you haven’t caught up yet, read at your own risk!]
It’s been months since fans reeled from that shocking Christmas episode that also rocked the Crawley family, and now they’re moving into the 1920s with new babies, suitors and even a musician or two. The story picks up in February 1922, when Downton Abbey is still in deep mourning for the loss of heir Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) from an auto accident.
“Both the audience and the characters have experienced some passage of time,” executive producer Gareth Neame said at PBS’ Television Critics Association fall preview of Masterpiece on Tuesday. “We need to feel that something has happened since we were last there.”
Neame was joined by a panel of Downton’s ladies — Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan and Sophie McShera — to present a sneak peek and answer questions about the upcoming fourth season, which won’t premiere stateside until January.
How will the family cope? And what dramas can we expect upstairs and down? Read on!