We’ve known for a while that Downton Abbey’s third season would likely feature a blissful wedding between the story’s main lovebirds, Matthew Crawley and Mary Crawley (If that relationship sounds creepy, don’t worry, they sort-of distant relatives!), who proposed at the end of Season 2. Season 3 of PBS’ hit period drama is set to premiere on January 6, but for those who can’t wait to see what Season 3 will behold, or just want to check out the fashion, we now have some new photos to share with fans.
EW first got their hands on the photos, which are mostly wedding focused. Mary looks, well, very Victorian in a delicate dress with lace trim. She has also chosen lilies as her bouquet of choice. Maybe it’s me, but those have always looked pretty awkward when carried in a bouquet, likely due to the thick stems. Regardless, the wedding looks like it will be held in Downton, likely in the drawing room that once held soldiers and those injured in WWI. As usual, the ‘downstairs’ staff have gone to the trouble of putting some lively decorations up.
The one thing that troubles me a little about the photo is that Mary doesn’t seem radiant with joy. She’s never been much of a smiler, and serious poses were popular in the period Downton Abbey is set, but hopefully the image is just Mary's face and not an omen of things to come, although the creator of the production, Julian Fellowes, might very well have the answer for us.
Despite the wedding getup, there may be trouble on the horizon. EW is also noting that Fellowes has not been explicit about the whole endeavor, stating the wedding “isn’t necessarily happening.” Still, as the photo above shows, the potential grand event will bring Branson, a fan favorite, back to the series, so we shouldn’t be complaining, yet. We’ll also have to wait and see if Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess can check her tongue while Branson’s around, although I’m not holding my breath.
Downton Abbey’s third season will kick off as part of PBS’ Masterpiece on January 6, 2013.
View the rest of the photos at EW.