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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 trailer: Mary chooses life

By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol

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8:16 AM CDT, September 2, 2013

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The first trailer for Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" hit the internet over the weekend offered a glimpse into how Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is dealing with the loss of her husband, Matthew.

"You have a straightforward choice," the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) tells her granddaughter. "You must choose either death or life."

"And you think I should choose life?" Mary replies as series of quick-cut scenes shows she seems to take her grandmother's advice. We see her meeting new suitors and being consoled by Carson (Jim Carter).

According to reports, single mom Mary will be pursued by Lord Anthony Gillingham (Tom Cullen), Charles Blake (Julian Ovenden) and Evelyn Napier (Brendan Patricks).

Mary's brother-in-law, single dad Tom Branson (Allen Leech) apparently also finds love again; he's shown kissing a young woman. We also see him comforting Matthew's mother Isobel (Penelope Wilton).

The trailer also introduces the show's first recurring black character, jazz singer Jack Ross (Gary Carr), who is welcomed to Downton Abbey, below stairs, by Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James).

Other flashes we see include a bare-shouldered Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael); cook Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) confronting a man; her assistant, Daisy (Sophie McShera), crying; and opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa wowing Robert and Cora Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern).

Bates (Brendan Coyle) also is shown in tears, but Mrs. Bates, Anna (Joanne Froggatt), is seen smiling at a table. Hopefully married life is working out for them.

Season 4 of "Downton Abbey," which is set in 1922-23, premieres Jan. 5 on PBS after airing in Britain beginning in September.


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