Series five wrapped up with Bates on the run after confessing the murder of Mr Green, leaving his Anna to walk free but live life without her husband. Carson finally popped the question to Mrs Hughes even though she confessed she could never go into the B&B business after retirement. And with plenty more storylines hanging in the balance, writer Julian Fellowes is set to wrap up the popular drama in a glorious fashion.moreless
It is now 1925, when secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs are faced with social changes which put all their futures in jeopardy. Mary's past catches up with her when an unwelcome visitor delivers an ultimatum.The Darnleys are forced to sell their ancestral home, and Daisy's intervention at the Mallerton House auction has disastrous consequences.moreless
The London Season brings the family to the capital where Rose's friend loses a compromising letter which requires the help of Charles Blake, Tony Gillingham and Mr. Bates to resolve. Mary hasn't decided between Blake and Gillingham, but she does decide to ditch the compromising train ticket found in Mr. Bates' overcoat. Branson isn't found in a compromising position with Miss Bunting when she visits the house, as much as Thomas would like to imply to Robert. And Thomas continues to hold compromising information over Miss Baxter's head. Meanwhile, the household staff in London is unable to compromise regarding a promised outing.
All this occurs as Cora's mother and brother arrive for a visit.
The church is holding their annual bazaar and the whole house is helping out. Rose's relationship with Jack Ross takes a turn, and Edith isn't entirely convinced about Aunt Rosamund's plan for her baby. Mr Greene, Lord Gillingham's valet has an accident and Anna fears the cause... Lord Grantham returns from his trip to America and Mosley feels cheered up by Mrs Baxter.moreless
Mary and Mr. Blake get their hands dirty in caring for the newly arrived pigs, which earns them mutual respect. Lady Rose continues to charm singer Jack. Tom Branson takes again some interest in politics, where he makes a new acquaintance. Edith struggles with life-changing decisions. While Robert and valet Thomas are in New York, Mary finds herself wooed by several suitors. Lord Gillingham spends some more time at Downton, accompanied by his unpleasant valet Mr. Green. Anna therefore feels under pressure and finally confides in Lady Mary.moreless
Modern times arrive in Downton for Robert's surprise birthday party arranged by Lady Rose. Alfred can follow his dreams, leaving for the Ritz in London. Anna and Bates try to fix the cracks in their relationship. Lady Mary is not delighted with Mr. Napiers' Boss Charles Blake and does not approve of the government project in which they are going to study aristorcratic estates. Lady Edith struggles with Michael's mysterious absence and the ramifications of their last meeting.moreless
Thomas is scheming again. Alfred fails his first attempt to become a cook and Molesly missed his chance. Bates finds out about Anna's secret and confronts her. Meanwhile the Dowager Countess of Grantham worries about more mundane problems: Is the new gardener trustworthy?moreless
The house party guests leave behind a traumatized Anna. Tom Branson struggles with the events of a night spent rather drunk. Michael Gregson pursues to court Edith, who finally gives in. Lady Mary has to make up her mind about an unexpected declaration of love.moreless
Dame Nellie Melba sings at an extravagant house party at Downton Abbey. The Crawleys have a chance to reconnect with some old friends and acquaintances. Michael Gregson attempts to win Robert's approval and eventually does using a hidden talent. Downstairs Mrs Patmore begins to feel the pressure of the large party. Molesley is offered an employment below his previous station, but he can't refuse the opportunity. Attempting to liven up the party Rose brings back painful memories for Mary.moreless
Mary starts to let go of her grief and take in interest in the managing of the estate. Robert finds Matthew's last letter stating that he wished Mary to be his sole heiress. Turning to Tom Branson for help, Mary takes an interest in the estate, but faces resistance from her father. Bates comes up with a plan to help Molesley. Mr Carson is advised to let an old friendship wound heal.moreless
Set in February 1922, long after the funeral for Matthew. Isobel and Mary are still in mourning. Violet attempts to bring Mary out of mourning. Mr Carson tells her she's letting herself be defeated by Matthew's death. Mary is advised to take on a more active role in managing the estate with Tom as her counsellor. Robert and Violet disagree on what's best for Mary's grief.moreless
In the season finale as aired in the United States, the Crawleys head to the Scottish highlands, to enjoy the hospitality of Rose's family. Amid the hunting, fishing, and fine dining, tensions bubble over and a new crisis unfolds. Meanwhile the downstairs staff are left behind at Downton, where a trip to the local fair leads to trouble for Carson.moreless
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.moreless
There may finally be some good news at Downton after all the recent trauma. Matthew continues to insist that his way of managing the estate is the correct one, but is he going to be able to do things the way he wants to or will he continue to meet resistence?
The arrival of one of Branson's relatives isn't the only problem surrounding him at Downton, and Edith is the recipient of admiration from a wholly unexpected source. Will something finally go her way in this second last episode of the season?moreless
Has Bates finally realised that he will spend the rest of his life behind bars for Vera's murder or does he have something up his sleeve that will set him free?
Isobel's well - intentioned efforts to assist others backfire and anger and frustration are the result.
Violet finds herself having to play peacemaker as Robert and Cora have difficulties in their relationship. Meanwhile, the hot-headed Branson makes decisions which could cause him even more trouble but he finds support from an unexpected corner.moreless
The new maid is managing to get quite a bit of attention from the servants and Daisy appears to be just a bit jealous at the direction some of it is coming from. How will Edith cope with all that has happened since being jilted? Is there something in the wind which might make for a brighter future?
After quite a few unsuccessful attempts at first, can Isobel finally find a way to help the desperate Ethel Parks? And as for Bates, will Anna have success at last in her efforts to assist him with his troubles, or will it again come to nothing?
As he has from the beginning, Matthew is taking an active interest in the running of Downton, but when he mentions some things which are troubling him, nobody seems to be listening.moreless
Trouble looms for Lady Sybil and her husband, Tom Branson as his strong views on political matters get him into all sorts of trouble which means that Sybil has her strong loyalties severely tested when she feels as though she is forced to take sides.
Anna cannot understand the change is Bates's attitude and wonders what it is he is hiding from her. Meanwhile, a new young footman by the name of Jimmy Sparks is causing quite a bit of interest below stairs as Carson decides whether or not to hire him.
Poor Ethel must decide what is best for little Charlie as she tries to make vital decisions regarding his future. A very difficult proposition indeed.moreless
Edith's happiness is overshadowed by her family's opposition to her plans regarding Anthony Strallan but will their disapproval change things? Meanwhile as the mounting financial pressures threaten to engulf the estate and everyone connected with it, Mary decides that she must make an urgent move before all is lost for good.
It looks as though Miss O'Brien may be about to make a very important decision with regard to her future while Mrs. Hughes awaits news concerning her own possibilities. Has Anna finally come across something which may help Bates be freed or will it come to nothing? How will the members of the Crawley family and the staff deal with all the changes which may be taking place in their once-perfect world?moreless
The financial situation for the Crawley family becomes even more precarious and Violet and Mary decide that something must be done. They decide to pretend all is well by throwing a large, formal party for family, friends and neighbours, while Mary is hopeful that Cora's wealthy mother, Martha Levison, may be persuaded to come to the rescue.
However, it is not only the family who are facing difficulties, as houekeeper, Mrs. Hughes, has some unpleasant personal news to deal with while Cora's maid, Miss O' Brien, is determined that her nephew shall rise quickly through the ranks, somethings which does not sit well with the ever-ambitious Thomas.moreless
It is 1920 and Matthew and Mary's wedding is fast approaching. Cora's mother, Martha, arrives from America for the nuptials, much to the displeasure of Violet as the two women have never seen eye to eye. There is some doubt as to whether the wedding itself will go ahead as the young couple are dealing with many stresses. Meanwhile, Miss O' Brien's nephew, Alfred, is employed at Downton as footman while Robert must shoulder a heavy burden as severe financial problems threaten the future of the estate and all who live and work there.moreless