Posted: 8:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
By Elisabeth Kramer
Downton Abbey is alive with the sounds of babies crying! Last season saw the arrival of not one but two bouncing bundles of joy. First came little Sybbie, the daughter of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) and Tom Branson (Allen Leech). Soon after arrive wee little George, the long-awaited son of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens).
Sadly, both births were shadowed by sadness with Sybil dying from eclampsia, a complication of childbirth, and Matthew dying from a car wreck, a complication of stupidity.
Now in Season 4 we're hearing another member of the Crawley family is expecting. As we learn in the February 2 episode, Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) is pregnant! The news came as a shock not only to viewers but also to Edith. Unmarried Edith pushed the boundaries of 1922 social etiquette by indulging in a night of passion with her beau, Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards), before his departure to Germany.
Edith clearly faced none of the same fertility struggles as Mary, conceiving from that one evening with Michael. Unfortunately, however, her pregnancy looks to be no happier than those of her sisters. Michael has gone missing, leaving Edith an unwed, pregnant woman of high rank with very few options.
Will she find a way to be happy or will her pregnancy be as cursed as the others at Downton? Only time (or our spoilers roundup) can tell...