Part of me assumes that British TV doesn’t know any better and thinks some artsy fartsy “change is afoot” voiceover is enough to get normal people sufficiently excited for Downton. I need clips of the Dowager Countess looking up and asking, “He died?” I need clips of Mary running away from a hot guy sobbing hysterically. I need clips of Thomas kissing a dude. COME ON, Downton. Get with the program.
Downton Abbey’s Season 5 is due to premiere in the UK in September 2014, which means it will get to America sometime in early 2015. This is the reverse of the way cool things usually travel around the world; starting in America and ending up in Europe a year later. (see: blue jeans, social media, television, cars, rock and roll, I COULD GO ON)