Posted: 7:00 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014
By Elisabeth Kramer
More than 10 million fans tuned in last Sunday for the January 5 U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey Season 4, so we're sure PBS could hardly wait to air the next installment of the record-breaking drama. Thankfully, it's only a seven-day layover between episodes with a new hour set to hit airwaves this very evening!
In case you need a reminder of what all went down during the full 120 minutes of the premiere, we've got all the details. We also rounded up some information with minimal spoilage back from Season 3. Of course, if you really want to know what's ahead, we've got plenty of information on tonight's episode seeing as we watched the season while it aired in the U.K. (not to rub it in, of course).
If that's still not enough Downton gossip for you (and we Downtonites do love our gossip), you're in luck! Check out our roundup of what Season 4 has in store. But be warned: If you head on over to that article, better have the next few hours of your life free. There's a lot to read, digest, re-read, and share.
Too much information? Just want a quick look at what's ahead for January 12? Keep on reading. We've avoided any major spoilers in our brief summary of the episode so you can plan your TV viewing accordingly.
Tonight's dose of upstairs, downstairs drama centers around a party. It's the first such event the Crawleys have hosted since the passing of Matthew (Dan Stevens). The glittery affair brings all kinds of guests to Downton including a character based on a real person: Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, as played by 21st-century opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. Plus, we meet a new handsome gentleman who may change the course of Lady Mary's (Michelle Dockery) entire life.
Unfortunately, there are much less savory visitors in the crowd including one who targets a well-loved member of the staff. Watch with caution.
What do you think of the season so far? Did it start the way you wanted, or still missing Matthew too much to function? Share your feels in the comments below.