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Downton Abbey Season 3 official thread

Posted on 01/06/2013 9:12:11 PM PST by FoxPro

My 85 year old mom gets so much delight from this.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: chat; downtonabbey; vanity

1 posted on 01/06/2013 9:12:16 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro

Have fun. I’m forcing myself to wait until my bluray arrives at the end of the month. :)


2 posted on 01/06/2013 9:13:44 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: FoxPro

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2975527/posts
Downton Abbey Season 3 Starts Tonight (PBS Masterpiece Theater)


3 posted on 01/06/2013 9:16:51 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

I am sorry for not seeing the other post.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 9:18:40 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: FoxPro

No. You did good. Just trying to show you where a ping list might be.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 9:28:24 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FoxPro

I thought it great! Better than ever!


6 posted on 01/06/2013 9:43:11 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: higgmeister

I spent many hours last week watching Season 1 and 2. I’m now a fan. Loved tonight’s episode.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 9:46:49 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: dandiegirl

I was waiting up until the last moment for something to go wrong on the way to the church and up the aisle to once again delay Matthew and Mary’s wedding. But finally, lo and behold, they tied the knot. Bravo. I see two more possible weddings in the future, one between Edith and the older guy with the bad arm, and one between Carson and Mrs. Wilson after he discovers she may have cancer and realizes how much he cares for her. We’ll see!

As the actor who plays Matthew Crawley says he’s not coming back for another season (unless someone can convince him, possibly with more money) then they will have to get rid of Matthew somehow, and Mary could end up a widow. Will be interesting to see how they work Matthew out of the script, unless they can convince his alter ego to stay.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 10:06:33 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

If Matthew goes, i wouldn’t mind seeing Mary kind of become the next Dowager Countess. She certainly has the snark for it.
Either that or bring in a American cowboy for her like they mentioned in the last season.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 10:20:40 PM PST by SMCC1
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Mary has to become the Countess first before she can become a dowager. Are they going to bump off her dad?
She certainly can be snarky.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 11:21:06 PM PST by Jemian
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To: higgmeister

Yeah, I’m hooked again. Some great one-liners for Maggie Smith. And Bates better watch his back in the nick.


11 posted on 01/06/2013 11:50:15 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus

love Maggie Smith in this role!


12 posted on 01/07/2013 12:23:12 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: FoxPro

The scene with Mary and Mathew behind the door was one of the cutest and hottest I’ve seen.


13 posted on 01/07/2013 4:15:29 AM PST by HChampagne
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To: flaglady47
they will have to get rid of Matthew somehow

I'll bet you a tenner it'll be a car accident.

14 posted on 01/07/2013 4:55:47 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: FoxPro
I've never seen this show and I live in the UK! I can't imagine there being a thread about it!

As I understand it, it's a kind of upmarket version of "upstairs downstairs". Is that right?

15 posted on 01/07/2013 9:08:13 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Vanders9
Yes, but the Earl's wife is American à la Jenny Churchill. His heir is a slightly distant middle class cousin with a foreboding angst of his elevated circumstance. Edwardian and World War social changes have caused great upheaval in the Manor and extended estate.

That, and the fact that the setting is Highclere Castle, the ancestral home of Lord Carnarvon, designed by the builder of the Parliament buildings, with grounds designed by Capability Brown and you have a show not to be missed.

One of the actresses pointed out in an interview that she imagined the show would be a hit because they started the original series with three Oscar winners.

16 posted on 01/10/2013 1:50:23 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: Moltke

You’ve obviously read stories in the British press. Or maybe you’ve seen the episodes in the UK already.


17 posted on 01/10/2013 1:54:55 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: WashingtonSource

Neither. Just a wild guess.


18 posted on 01/11/2013 9:57:13 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Moltke

OK. In that case I’m not saying another word. Not a single ‘nother word.


19 posted on 01/11/2013 11:45:34 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: flaglady47

It’s Mrs. Hughes, fl47.

And Matthew has already been written out of the show. Remember in England, the season has already been shown in it’s entirety.

Warning: I was looking for Downton Abbey blogs(I’m an addict too) and accidentally read a Brit one that told me some info that I didn’t want to know. Talk about heartbreak!


20 posted on 01/11/2013 9:10:29 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Pray for our Republic...)
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To: higgmeister

Yes, I can imagine having three Oscar winners would be a bit of a plus!


21 posted on 01/12/2013 1:06:27 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: FoxPro


22 posted on 01/12/2013 1:35:29 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: WashingtonSource

I figured a sufficiently manly death would be either by shooting (hunting accident?) or by automobile...flipped a coin...


23 posted on 01/12/2013 8:51:36 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: FoxPro; Liberty Valance; Politicalmom; Bender2; randita; higgmeister; dandiegirl; SMCC1; Jemian; ...
Well, Season 3 just concluded in the U.S on PBS.... comments anyone?

Is this thread still active?

Some stunning, heartbreaking deaths in Season 3... :-(

Season 4 being filmed now in the UK. I wish they'd run Season 4 in both the UK and the US at the same time, so spoilers wouldn't be all over the internet...

24 posted on 02/17/2013 8:12:22 PM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: nutmeg

I was immensely disappointed with season 3, while I LOVED season 1 and 2. I’m re-watching it, and it’s slightly less depressing the second time through, but not much.

As an aside, my daughter and I counted deaths, and we came up with 11. Downton definitely keeps Grassby’s funeral home jumping. :p


25 posted on 02/17/2013 8:24:01 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: nutmeg

J.D. McPherson - Fire Bug -

"Cousin Matthew (Dan Stevens) died in a car accident. He was driving back to Downton, so happy he was practically whistling ..."

26 posted on 02/17/2013 8:26:14 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

27 posted on 02/17/2013 8:34:18 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: FoxPro

28 posted on 02/17/2013 8:55:25 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Liberty Valance
*Sniff*

:-(

29 posted on 02/17/2013 9:09:32 PM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: Liberty Valance

Huh?


30 posted on 02/17/2013 9:13:55 PM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: Politicalmom
I was immensely disappointed with season 3, while I LOVED season 1 and 2. I’m re-watching it, and it’s slightly less depressing the second time through, but not much.

I am so sad that Matthew (a MAIN character!) and Lady Sybil are gone. Just ridiculous...

I heard viewers in the UK share your views... Season 1 is still their favorite.

Hubby and I picked up with "Downton" in Season 2, although we learned most of the back story about Season 1. Now that Season 3 is over, we plan to watch Season 1 DVDs (yes, we know about Lady Mary's Turkish diplomat lover - hard to avoid that one in Season 2).

As an aside, my daughter and I counted deaths, and we came up with 11. Downton definitely keeps Grassby’s funeral home jumping. :p

Eleven... wow! Are you including characters who never appeared on-screen? (ie Lavinia's father who left Matthew his fortune... or maybe Mr. Swire appeared in Season 1?)

31 posted on 02/17/2013 9:25:13 PM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: nutmeg

Yes, we counted them all, even the baby, but there were SIX bodies shown in three seasons. That is a bit much. LOL


32 posted on 02/17/2013 9:32:15 PM PST by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
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To: nutmeg

Good ending. Not good in the fact that Matthew died, but good as cliffhangers go.

I didn’t enjoy Season 3 as much as the prior seasons. Maybe it’s just losing its novelty. There was a lot of PC stuff going on this season.

I’d like to see things spiced up more with some love triangles and/or forbidden/clandestine affairs. Also some new colorful mainstay characters are needed.

Might help to have the story line progress a bit faster. We got 9 months progression last night (Mary’s pregnancy). How about 9 years?

I know it means some of the characters will have to age and/or pass away, but I hope next season begins with the two grandchildren as pre-adolescents or teens to liven things up. The grown ups are getting too stodgy and predictable.

But it’s worth watching for the costumes alone-LOL.


33 posted on 02/18/2013 6:11:57 AM PST by randita
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To: nutmeg

I did not like that Matthew Crowly died. I think season 1 has been the best so far. Seems to me like the story lines are introduced and too abruptly finished. However, I thought last night’s episode was very good. Is it not on again until next January?


34 posted on 02/18/2013 9:50:33 AM PST by dandiegirl
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To: randita

I don’t like the politically correct crap this season either. I loved Upstairs, Downstairs. It seemed to endure a little better. I have a feeling Downton is going to run out of steam soon. I’m I the only one that thinks Elizabeth McGovern is a terrible actress or is it just her character?


35 posted on 02/18/2013 9:57:16 AM PST by dandiegirl
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How about 9 years?

No, that's moving WAY too fast for me! I don't want to lose the wonderful Maggie Smith, and possibly Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.

Writer Julian Fellowes claims he'll never "kill off" Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, per the Maggie Smith and Julian Fellowes interview I saw on "60 Minutes" last night (first time I've watched that show in many years).

36 posted on 02/18/2013 10:00:30 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: dandiegirl
I’m I the only one that thinks Elizabeth McGovern is a terrible actress or is it just her character?

I agree with you... McGovern sticks out like a sore thumb, compared to the other excellent actors. She is not even close to being in the same league as the British actors IMO...

37 posted on 02/18/2013 10:06:51 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: dandiegirl; flaglady47; Moltke; WashingtonSource; Mountain Mary
Is it not on again until next January?

I don't know when Downton will be back on, either in the UK or in the US. From what I've read, they are filming Season 4 now.

I really wish they would run Downton at the same time in the UK and the US so spoilers wouldn't be all over the media. Unfortunately I learned about the deaths of Lady Sybil and Matthew beforehand, even though I was trying to avoid any info about upcoming episodes.

I learned that Matthew's character had been "written out of the show at the end of Season 3" courtesy of a few FReepers who posted the spoilers about Matthew above on this thread in early January. I really wish I had not known about last night's tragic ending beforehand.

38 posted on 02/18/2013 10:17:43 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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I have a feeling Downton is going to run out of steam soon.

I heard it rumored that Mary's new baby will be an idiot (in the language of that day), possibly due to inbreeding.

It's always something . . .

39 posted on 02/18/2013 10:30:33 AM PST by Tau Food (Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.)
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McGovern is not up to the par of the others, that’s for sure.

She has a repertoire of exactly one expression - head slightly bowed, eyes rolled upward, mouth pursed.


40 posted on 02/21/2013 3:07:21 PM PST by randita
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To: nutmeg

I’m just hoping that they don’t find that Carson has been taking PED’s or EPO.

Wait a minute. That’s the TdF thread you often post.

There has been so much drama in Downton and the TdF, I get them confused.


41 posted on 02/21/2013 8:17:27 PM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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ROTFL!

Hey, the actor who plays Carson is an avid cyclist...

The plot thickens... ;-)

42 posted on 02/21/2013 11:37:44 PM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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Ha! I saw your name and thought of the TdF. So I thought I'd make a random smart alec comment tying Downton and the TdF together.

And I hit that Carson is (per IMDB's bio of him) He has been a keen cyclist for 55 years (as of October 2011), ????

Darn, I'm smart !!!

43 posted on 02/22/2013 12:05:36 AM PST by llevrok (Keep your arms out. It’ll make it harder for them to throw a net over you.)
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