Countess Cora Crawley isn’t too happy with the state of “Downton Abbey.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Crawley, stated that she wasn’t overly happy with the direction and storylines of season two of the hit PBS series.
“There is a slightly different tone to the second season, partly because the show had to deal with this huge elephant which is the First World War, and in some ways ‘Downton Abbey’ wasn’t set up for that,” she told Show Tracker. “What’s made the show successful and different is that attention to character detail and that’s what the audience likes. … Writers [in the second season] had to do a lot of glossing over the domestic life, and some of the small moments between characters that characterized the first season.”
She did note, however, that season three will return to the character-driven roots that made the first season such as hit with fans both overseas as well as here in the States, with the series picking up following the Great War in 1920.
The newest season is already shooting in England but won’t hit US television until January.
Recent reports state that Maggie Smith, who plays her mother-in-law on the series, will be leaving, which seems to coincide with statements from producers that there will be a major death in the third cycle.
However, McGovern brushed off those suggestions in the interview, stating, “You’re going to see a lot of her in the third season, a real collision of worlds between Maggie and Shirley MacLaine (who will play Cora Crawley’s mother).”