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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3: Five Most Epic Moments To Look Forward To

Fri, January 4, 2013 3:00pm EDT by Andy Swift Add first Comment
Downton Abbey Season 3
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Mary’s wedding, Sybil’s baby & more: previews the must-see moments of season three!

A lot of things can be said about Downton Abbey‘s third season — premiering Jan. 6 on PBS — but one thing is certain: It’s the most eventful, ambitious and surprising collection of episodes yet. Between the new servants, the new house guests, and the major Crawley family milestones, there will be no shortage of drama during the next seven weeks. got an early look at the entire season, so allow us to brace you for five of the biggest story lines to come.

Mary Marries:

Without a hint of exaggeration, Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew’s (Dan Stevens) wedding is literally the most highly anticipated event in television history, and we finally get the goods on the Jan. 6 season premiere. My only complaint is that the actual wedding is squeezed into the final moments of the episode. Aside from a beautiful Kate Middleton-style carriage ride through the town, you barely get to see the festivities! (At least she looks damn good in white.)

Sybil’s Baby Drama:

When Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) returns to Downton for Mary’s wedding, she brings two very special guests with her: husband Tom — the hottest guy on the show, and no one can tell me otherwise — and a growing baby bump! And speaking of “bump,” expect a few hiccups when Sybil’s baby finally decides to enter the world this season. (What, did you expect a smooth delivery at Downton?)

Sucks To Be Edith:

We all know Edith (Laura Carmichael) is the most unfortunate human to dwell within Downton’s hallowed walls — she’s pretty much the Meg Griffin of the Crawley family, who exists solely to make everyone else feel better about themselves — but she’ll finally find some happiness in season three.  Good news for the haters, though: Edith’s fleeting moments of joy come with many, many strings attached.

Thomas’ Life Gets Compli-gay-ted:

Remember when Thomas (Rob James-Collier) kissed that guy in season one and then everyone basically forgot he was gay? Well, one person didn’t forget, and that person will use said knowledge of gayness to manipulate him in a pretty significant way this season. And while I won’t name names, I will say the manipulator’s last name rhymes with Mo’Brien. (Good luck solving that puzzle.)

Bates Behind Bars:

I’m not going to lie to you; Bates’ (Brendan Coyle) prison story line is one of my least favorites in season three, but only because it drags on way too long. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and by the end of the season, you’ll be glad you waited through it — especially fans of Bates’ relationship with Anna (Joanne Froggatt). Patience is a virtue, kids.

What are YOU most excited to see when Downton Abbey returns this Sunday? Drop me a comment with your wishes!

— Andy Swift

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