Welcome back to Downton 2.0.
Things are heating up above and below stairs, and if the new trailer is any kind of indicator, season five plans on delivering even more international entanglements, time jumps, and domestic drama (think secrets, sex and secret sex) we can’t resist.
10 newly released photos to pin right now:
A new cast money shot featuring Dame Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Hugh Bonneville, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Rob James-Collier, Brendan Coyle, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Lily James, Sophie Mcshera and Tom Cullen; plus a very grown-up Sybbie (played by Fifi Hart) and George (played by twins Oliver and Zac Barker) who are suddenly much less twee:
See? They’re practically preschoolers. But what about the yet-to-be-named Crawley-Gregson lovechild who we imagine has wavy ginger hair and a beautiful roseleaf complexion? Burning questions remain.
Daisy can’t keep taking orders for the rest of her life. And now that Ivy’s gone and Jimmy is engaging in indoor sports, what’s next?
Lord Gillingham isn’t the only one who wishes Lady Mary would make up her mind. He’s no Matthew of course, but still. Keep on keeping on, Crawley.
As for Branson, fingers crossed he’s kissing plucky schoolteacher Sarah Bunting goodbye.
Will Anna and Bates finally shake the perma-shadow that follows them everywhere, or will their dark secrets continue to haunt them this season? Throw these two weary lovebirds a bone, Julian Fellowes.
Gah, Isobel. Let’s hope you muster up enough moxie to live a little. Even if it means we once again have to make peace with your well-intentioned meddling.
These two. Always these two.
Carson and Mrs. Hughes are everything.
Still waters run so very deep. Thomas knows. He always knows.
Simon Bricker thinks everything is beautiful. (Pointed look. Pointed look.) Your move, Lady Cora. Make it good.
Downton Abbey returns to the UK’s ITV on September 21, and will premiere on PBS Masterpiece Classic on January 4, 2015.
Photo credits: PBS