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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 spoiler alert: It sounds very grim

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"Downton Abbey" Season 4 is set to begin airing on PBS in the U.S. on Sunday night, Jan. 5. Fans of the British historical drama have been eagerly waiting since the closing credits of the last episode of Season 3. While the series airs much earlier in the UK, it is difficult for impatient Americans fans to find an online site that will allow them to view the already-seen episodes. has posted detailed written accounts of each of the episodes accompanied by photographs from that episode, and the outlook is quite grim.

The show's storyline does not take any turns that fans would anticipate or enjoy. Most of the upcoming episodes set to begin in the United States continue with the dismal tone of last season, although it would truly be difficult to top losing both Sybil and Mathew in just a few weeks.

The only death written about in these reviews is that of the servant named Greene who raped Anna, but it clearly appears that Bates caused that death. After the couple's previous prison storyline, this is a most unwelcome addition to the show.

It sounds like Edith's relationship with her editor and subsequent pregnancy is a highlighted plot in "Downton Abbey" Season 4, but most of what is detailed on Wet Paint can't even be described as plausible.

For some viewers, "Downton Abbey" may change from a long-awaited Sunday night diversion to a painful pill to swallow each week. Of course, they will watch. It's like a train wreck, and you just can't look away.


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