Season 4 scripts are the best yet,
says Joanne Froggatt
Downton Abbey is bringing its third season to a close these next few weeks. Last night, viewers rejoiced as Bates (Brendan Coyle) was finally freed from prison, thanks to the diligent work of his wife Anna (Joanne Froggatt). Froggatt chatted online with fans about Anna and Bates and what is in store for them in Season 4.
The Vera's "murder" and the prison storyline took their emotional toll on Anna, which Froggatt says gave her such a sense of achievement.
"Those scenes certainly were very emotional and took real concentration," says Froggatt, of thinking Bates might be hanged for his alleged crimes. "I always feel huge pressure to hit the right tone with scenes like that but I think it all adds to the performance in the end. If you feel like you have given it your all, you feel do a sense of achievement afterwards and hope that, that comes across on screen."
Now that they are reunited, Froggatt teases that there will be at least some smooth sailing for Anna and Bates.
"You certainly see Anna and Bates in times of happiness, which I think was well needed," says Froggatt, but she adds that of course there is drama in store for Season 4. "I'm afraid I can't say much but I don't think you'll be disappointed. As an actress you always want to play the drama."
"We have just had the read through for Series 4 today and I am thrilled with the whole thing, including Anna and Bates's story," she continues. "I obviously can't say more than that but I think it may be the best yet and there are certainly aspects of Anna's character that have never been seen before ... I think these scripts are the best yet. [Creator Julian Fellowes] has done such an incredible job. "
In addition to Anna and Bates, one of the fans' favorite relationships on the show is between Anna and Lady Mary. Froggatt says she too loves that relationship.
"I love the relationship between Mary and Anna. I love the faith they have in each other and the care. Even though they are in a master servent relationship thet are just two young women finding their way through the trials and tribulations of life," says Froggatt.
So can she tease anything about Season 4 for the fans? "I get a slightly new hairstyle, very exciting!" Hmmm.....that's not much of a hint. What about Lady Mary?
Unless you want to risk doing a spit take with your afternoon tea, American fans of Downton Abbeymay want to skip over this story. The rest of you, however, will be keenly interested to learn that, in Season 4, Lady Mary will be getting a new…
(Last chance to look away!)
As you may have heard — certainly if you’re overseas — Dan Stevens, aka Matthew, bowed out of the hit series at the end of the third season. And, since Lady Mary wouldn’t be Lady Mary without a gentleman by her side, the show is looking for a (naturally!) handsome thirtysomething actor to come courting as Lord Anthony Gillingham.
From what we gather, her would-be suitor is not only a looker, he also has a winning personality. (So winning, in fact, that there’s already talk that he could return for Season 5!)
Abbey EP Gareth Neame told TVLine in a recent interview that Steven’s exit created a “dramatic opportunity” for Michelle Dockery’s alter ego, adding, “In any relationship drama, the will-they-or-won’t-they is always more interesting than married couples. So actually what we’ve been able to do is reset [Lady Mary]. She has to start again, and that will be much more interesting.”
What do you think? Could any chap ever replace Matthew? And if so, who? Since the show is likely to hire a Brit, Henry “Superman” Cavill comes to mind. And so does Orlando Bloom. But, given their movie-star status, they might be a bit pricey, even for the Crawleys. "Downton Abbey" airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
from an articles on Zap2It.com and TVline.com