The fifth season of Downton Abbey doesn’t premiere on PBS in the United States until January 4, 2015, but the Brits get it next month. Curse them! But before you get too mad about the wait, allow me to inform you that you can now watch the official trailer for the upcoming season to get a taste of what you can expect. And apparently what you can expect is secrets. Lots of secrets. Often of the sexy variety.
I know this show has never been G-rated, what with the whole “Hey, this dude just died on top of me while he took my virginity” storyline in the first season (SPOILER ALERT). But for some reason this trailer seemed to show a lot more sexytimes than in previous seasons. I suppose that’s because we’ve been working our way through the 20th century at the speed of light and yet Maggie Smith never ages. At least in this trailer she looks like she’s getting a little wobbly. Not that I want her to be wobbly; it just makes sense that she would be.
But anyway, back to the trailer. At one point Lady Edith says, looking just as fed up with her miserable, luckless life as she usually does, “The world is changing.” Then later Mrs. Hughes tells Mr. Carson that “Downton is catching up with the times we live in.” And I guess that means more sex. We see Lord Grantham walking in on some servant sex, and then one of Mary’s suitors (I can’t keep track) mentions a “scandalous suggestion.” We even get the line, “You’re a very naughty boy.” Oh goodness gracious, where are my smelling salts? And by the way, did I mention there will be secrets this season too? So many secrets that two characters say the word “secret” within one second of each other. SECRETS! Also FIRE! And ADORABLE CHILDREN! And ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES! And plenty of other capitalization-worthy things you can see for yourself.