We aren't the only ones still mourning Matthew's untimely demise. When Downton Abbey returns for a fourth season, Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will still be grieving the loss of her husband six months earlier. ITV has released the first photo of the heartbroken mother and her new baby George from the upcoming season.
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But Season 4 won't be all doom and gloom. The Associated Press
reports that Shirley MacLaine
will reprise her role as Cora's brash American mother. Downton
has also recruited Welsh actor Tom Cullen to step in as Mary's new love interest Lord Gillingham, a family friend of the Crawleys who has known Lady Mary since childhood.
Cullen is only one of many new characters Downton
is adding. Dame Harriet Walter
will play Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess. Nigel Harman
will portray a visiting valet Green. Julian Ovenden
will play aristocrat Charles Blake, and Joanna David
will appear as the Duchess of Yeovil.
"The addition of these characters can only mean more delicious drama, which is what Downton Abbey
is all about," said Masterpiece
executive producer Rebecca Eaton
How do you feel about Downton
trying to replace Matthew so soon?