”Masterpiece” executive producer, Rebecca Eaton, gave a revealing preview of Downton Abbey season three on Wednesday to supporters of WUCF TV, a new PBS station in Central Florida.
According the report in the Orlando Sentinel, Eaton reveals, “Matthew and Mary do get married” & “Somebody will be born, and somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately not going to make it. It’s the 1920s now.” She also lets it be known that Maggie Smith is quite a "handful" lol:
In the new “Downton” season, everyone is waiting for the arrival of the mother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), a character played by Oscar-winner Shirley MacLaine. They’re waiting for MacLaine’s character because the British family, especially Violet (Oscar-winner Maggie Smith), needs money again, Eaton said.
“There are some wonderful scenes between Maggie and Shirley MacLaine — Shirley MacLaine being as ditsy as ever,” Eaton said. “And Maggie barely restraining her sneer in having to deal with this American. Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult. She knows her worth, and she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes.”
Eaton said she originally passed on “Downton Abbey” because she didn’t believe American viewers would want to see another take on “Upstairs, Downstairs.”
“Thankfully, no one else in this country snapped it up,” Eaton said. “Then I heard that Maggie Smith had been cast to be in it and I thought, ‘We have to do it.’ Because she, like Judi Dench, like Eileen Atkins — there are a few British actors, if they’re in, I want it because I just think they’re going to be good.”
So “Masterpiece” joined as a co-producer. “Nobody had any idea it would take off the way it did,” Eaton said.Read the original article here.
Wow! Who do you think it is that dies?
I've had some time to calm down about a character dying in season three. So here's some thoughts....
Mr Carson - He had some health problems in season two so he could be the one who dies.
Lady Sybil - We learned at the end of season two that she's preggers & so she probably gives birth in season three. What if she dies in childbirth?
Thomas - His scheming ways could finally catch up to him, one of his old sexual liaisons who doesn't want to be outed could off him.
O'Brien - Maybe she is so over come with a guilt ridden conscience after what she did to Lady Grantham she finally can't take it anymore & kills herself. Maybe Lord & Lady Grantham discover her evil & do away with her themselves.
Mrs. Pattmore - She could have some kind of fatal aneurism when she's blowing up at Daisy. "DAISY, GET IN HERE".....*thud* _____________________________
Isobel Crawley - Maybe she dies of loneliness when her only son Matthew finally gets married to Lady Mary.
I love all the character & don't want any of them to die!!