‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Says Key Character ‘Will Die’ Next Season

by | April 5, 2012 at 8:46 PM | TV News

"Downton Abbey." (PBS)


Several juicy tidbits have surfaced for fans waiting for the third season of PBS series “Downton Abbey.”

Audiences already knew Shirley MacLaine had signed on to play Cora’s (Elizabeth McGovern) mother. What else is in store? According to an article in the Orlando Sentinel, fans can expect a marriage, a baby and a death.

The article quoted Masterpiece” executive producer Rebecca Eaton about the third season of the show, where she confirmed that “Matthew and Mary do get married.”

What else is in store? Eaton said that money will become an issue, which is why MacLaine makes the trip across the Atlantic.

“There are some wonderful scenes between Maggie (Smith) and Shirley MacLaine — Shirley MacLaine being as ditsy as ever,” Eaton said. “And Maggie barely restraining her sneer in having to deal with this American. Maggie Smith is a handful, it’s true. She’s very difficult. She knows her worth, and she’s tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes.”

Unfortunately, there will be one other twist next season.

“Somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately not going to make it. It’s the 1920s now.”

With several stars of the case, including Smith, yet to sign for season four, speculation is sure to escalate in the months ahead.