It was a relief to Downton Abbey fans to see that there were no serious casualties in the fourth series of the hit ITV period drama.
Especially as the third season had seen the death of Lady Sybil in childbirth, and the similarly tragic death of Matthew Crawley immediately after the birth of his son and heir.
The biggest shock of the series was the harrowing incident involving Anna Bates, who was attacked and raped by a visiting valet, which we’ve JUST about recovered from.
But now Elizabeth McGovern (that’s Lady Cora Grantham to me and you) has hinted at more heartbreak in store for the Crawleys, by hinting at a possible exit from the show for her character.
In an interview with the Sunday Express, the American actress admitted: “I know there is going to be another series, but I don’t know if I would be up for a season after that.”
Quick Julian – get another bunch of contracts for season six of Downton. We want to keep all the characters on the show (even the devious Thomas Barrow).
Even though Elizabeth – who is also a singer-songwriter – looks ready to hang up her evening gowns and pearls, she still speaks incredibly highly of Downton Abbey and it’s most recent series.
The 52-year-old actress said: “I’ve really enjoyed this season. I like it when we all have to do something a bit shocking, and I love it when people get all wound up – it means it’s grabbing them.
“Of course there are always little challenges about playing a part, both when it’s central to the story and when it’s not. In both cases you have to make both work.
“One of my biggest challenges is wondering why Cora doesn’t seem to know what’s going on in her house so much of the time!”
Well we can’t wait to see what the Crawley’s and their household get up to in Downton this Christmas!
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