The return of Downton Abbey is so far away for us Americans, but that doesn't mean we can't take the time to analyze these photos that have come out from the fourth season coming to us via Vulture and Hypable. The photos apparently come from a 2014 Downton calendar that was available on Amazon, hence the elegant formatting, but they essentially act as teaser photos. (Note: we have not been able to find the calendar on Amazon, though this Downton Abbey fan blog was posting the same images on Tuesday) The only person that really looks happy is Lady Edith! So that's a change.
Here's Edith—the ugly duckling of the family, the one that got left at the altar—looking rather sexy and cavorting with her married editor beau Michael Gregson. You know, the one with the nutty wife, a lá Jane Eyre. But things seem to be going well for them here. So that's good news. Everyone just wants Edith to be happy and get laid at this point.
But now we come to Lady Mary. She's dressed in black and is clearly not taking this whole (spoiler alert) widowed-after-having-a-baby thing very well. She looks fairly grim and she stares out the window. Is she thinking of Cousin Matthew? Or of a new beau supposedly coming her way?