Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode 8

Episode 8

17
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2012 on ITV
9.2
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  • Episode Summary

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    In this final episode of Season 3, Matthew and Mary are obviously keeping important secrets from each other, the question is, what is each of them holding back? Carson must decide what to do with Thomas, whose future employment at Downton rests in his hands but Thomas may be surprised to find support from an unexpected quarter.

    A visit from Violet's great-niece could have more behind it after things are learned concerning her in London.

    Everyone is very pleased at the prospect of the upcoming village cricket match, especially Robert, who shows everyone an unexpected competitive side to his nature.

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Brilliant and engaging end to Season 3.

      10
      To put it simply, I loved it. It takes a VERY talented writer to have a season finale which not only neatly ties up all the previous issues, but also, leaves the plot wide opened in the event of another season. Julian Fellowes has that gift in spades. The whole plot of 'Downton Abbey' is almost always seamless and, therefore, it's a pleasure to watch. The cricket match ending is a perfect example of exactly the right spot and I am very impressed.



      The unanswered, yet partly answered questions concerning Mary and Matthew, Tom and the baby, Thomas's future, whether Ethel will see Charlie again, etc. were all left open-ended.



      I won't say too much more as our American audience is yet to see the third season, but I WILL say that you will not be in the slightest disappointed when you do watch it. Another season, please, Julian Fellowes!!moreless
    Hugh Bonneville

    Hugh Bonneville

    Robert, Earl of Grantham

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Cora, Countess of Grantham

    Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

    Michelle Dockery

    Michelle Dockery

    Lady Mary Crawley

    Dan Stevens

    Dan Stevens

    Matthew Crawley

    Laura Carmichael

    Laura Carmichael

    Lady Edith Crawley

    Lily James

    Lily James

    Lady Rose MacClare

    Guest Star

    Cara Theobald

    Cara Theobald

    Ivy Stuart

    Guest Star

    Samantha Bond

    Samantha Bond

    Lady Rosamund Painswick

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