Dear Downton, more Branson.
By Melissa Presti (Book Publisher)
I left all of you in 2012 with my favorite British moments, and now that we’re kicking off 2013 I should have fresh material! Right? Wrong. Being a fake Brit isn’t “a phase” it’s a way of life.
Downton Abbey premiered it’s third season on Sunday for those of us (ugh) Americans who didn’t use their British television show dealer (that might be a thing) to illegally download the episodes. Although I did hear a spoiler some time ago and I’ve been in agony. It’s the worst. The internet is a war zone.
These are the romances you can't miss:
1. I returned to Downton this season for 3 reasons: Branson, Branson, and Tom Branson. The most famous chauffeur in the history of chauffeurs, stealing Sybil away from the Crawleys and high society whilst stealing our hearts. He’s back and brought his surly Irishman antics literally to the dinner table, and the new dynamic is fantastic. You can usually find actor Allen Leech drinking on twitter like me, which puts him on my Top 10 Soulmates list. Now that he’s a cast regular, I have less anxiety.
2. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley have finally wed, but the moment Matthew asked Tom to be his best man I said Mary who? and watched a beautiful bromance flourish. “If we’re mad enough to take on the Crawley girls we must stick together!” Matthew says jolly enough to make Mary laugh without realizing it was an insult. These BFFs are full of shenanigans, like showing up to formal events in dinner jackets. I foresee candlelit happy hours at the pub in the not so distant future that involves tousling their perfectly manicured hair.
3. The most unlikely and unladylike frenemy-mance between the
Dowager Countess and Martha Levinson. With Shirley Maclaine and Maggie Smith exchanging
American snark with English frivolities as rival in-laws, their love/hate relationship is a thing of
beauty. Just when you thought the Dowager couldn’t up the comical ante.
I hope you’re strapped in, because season 3 is going to be a bumpy ride. If anything, tune in to learn that roofies existed in 1920. WHO. KNEW. Branson didn’t.