- There is excitement in the house and village as the annual cricket match approaches, and it brings out Robert's competitive side.
- As Violet's great niece Rose arrives, a trip to London reveals there is more to her than meets the eye.
- Thomas's future is in Carson's hands, but Bates may be an unlikely ally.
- What secrets are Mary and Matthew holding back from each other?
and from the Huffington Post:
When reached for comment, Masterpiece said Season 4 has yet to be commissioned, so they cannot comment on casting news.
Rumors of cast departures surrounding Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" have been swirling for months. In March, TVLine reported Stevens didn't sign for Season 4 and 5 along with Siobhan Finneran (O’Brien) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil). Maggie Smith also didn't sign on past Season 3, but that doesn't necessarily mean curtains are coming for the Dowager Countess.
"I hope she stays with the show until Downton falls down," Fellowes said.
Season 5 may be the last for "Downton." Producer Gareth Neame told The Hollywood Reporter he doesn't see the show lasting much longer than five seasons.
"We have to balance between continuing to make it for audiences around the world that adore it and making sure that we don't take it too far … which is not now and not next year, but likely five years or six years, not 10 years," Neame said.
"Downton Abbey" Season 3 premieres in the US in early 2013.
*Unless you have connections ;)
*what's the key to early viewing along with our UK friends?