Next week’s ‘Downton Abbey’ begins Anna’s season-long journey of tragedy and triumph.
Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) made it through the fourth season premiere of Downton Abbey relatively unscathed — save for a few catty remarks from everyone’s least favorite human, Edna Braithwaite — but when PBS airs the next episode Jan. 12, fans should prepare themselves for a major shakeup at the abbey.
Without giving too much away, the episode features the series’ most disturbing scene to date, even more so than the tragic death of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) on last year’s Christmas special. In fact, the scene was so upsetting that when it originally aired in England, station BBC1 received “around 60 complaints” the next morning, according to the Daily Mail.
Joanne Froggatt Previews ‘Emotional Journey Of Anna And Bates’
But the scene isn’t merely included for shock value; Joanne gave an interview in Oct. 2013, in which she defended the controversial plot twist, praising creator Julian Fellowes for his courageous work:
I was really proud of the show for tackling a subject like this. It’s a really brave thing to do and I really do believe that Julian’s written that in a way that is not gratuitous at all, he does very much go on to explore the emotional journey of Anna and Bates. … He’s done a beautiful job of hitting the right note with it. I think we all just felt a big responsibility to get it right.
Needless to say, things will never be same for Anna and Bates (Brendan Coyle).
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— Andy Swift