First of all, we urge you to prepare yourself for Molesley’s (Kevin Doyle) new storyline, which involves a sticky black substance, a hilarious bath scene and banishment from upstairs.
Then there’s the saga of Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and her little girl, Marigold, who has been sent to live with the neighbouring Drewe family, but could the short distance between mother and daughter prove to be too much for poor Edith?
Another string left hanging from last series is the secret that Barrow (Rob James Collier) had over Miss Baxter (Raquel Cassidy), which we are very pleased to tell you is revealed in the very first episode of the new series.
The situation arises when, after the bullying of Barrow intensifies, Baxter is forced to reveal the blackmailing to her friend Molesley who then urges her to tell Lady Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) about her deep secret, before Barrow does.
We can tell you that Baxter does indeed confess her dark secret to her boss, but will it affect her place in Downton?
We can also tell you that when Lady Cora finds out about the blackmail, she is far from happy with Barrow but, when his own future at the Abbey looks to be in question, like a cat with nine lives, Barrow manages to redeem himself yet again. But how?
There’s also drama for another member of the serving staff, which will leave us wondering until the very last moment of episode one if they will be back for episode two….
In other news, The Dowager Countess tries to play cupid for Isobel (Penelope Wilton) but just what trick does she have up her sleeve? Branson (Allen Leech) rekindles his friendship with school teacher Sarah Buntin (Daisy Lowe) with a little help from Lady Rose (Lily James) but Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) is far from pleased with the relationship, especially when it causes some unpleasantness at his anniversary meal.
Finally, Lady Edith manages to set fire to her bedroom after the party, causing everyone to have to evacuate the house, but in the process, a shocked Lord Grantham walks in on a rather compromising situation between two other characters…