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Downton Abbey: A Brief Introduction to the Characters

Downton Abbey 3 cast photo

As you will have noticed, the crowd grows each season in the signature Downton Abbey poster image. A deck of flash cards might come in handy—perhaps you'll want to get your scissors, markers and tape out and create a set using this blog post. After all, there are approximately 166 to 167 hours between each new episode. You might as well be productive in your spare time.

Spoiler alert: Characters added each season do give away some plot details. Proceed with caution. Season 3 characters will be added as they appear.

Catching Up with Downton Abbey: Secrets, Scandal, and Resolution (part 1)

Have you watched the sneak peek at season three of Downton Abbey on Facebook and thought, I’ve got to catch up by Sunday!? Perhaps you've forgotten which character is which, or why exactly Thomas is looking at the newcomer with that glint in his eye. You are in luck! Guest blogger Amie Simon has thoughtfully reviewed every episode of seasons one and two, and we herewith present them for your reading pleasure. Today, part one, covering season one—a quick read, with a few highlights at the end. Stay with us for part two (Scandal), the Christmas episode (aka “the season finale,” stateside) and a character glossary (especially helpful when tweeting!). Then as the season gets underway, Amie will keep us up-to-date with each episode—in case you miss a plot twist or just want to refresh your zingers.

Please note, these posts are full of spoilers by their very nature. Please don’t say we didn’t warn you. And with that, we bring you: Catching Up with Downton Abbey: Secrets, Scandal, and Resolution.

Save the Date: 1/6/2013. Have you marked your calendar? Show us! #downtonPBS

Tired of waiting? Watch a Downton cast live chat Weds 12/12, 5pm Pacific, right here

Hugh Bonneville's photo of the Downton cast at an NYC subway stop

Hugh Bonneville (on Twitter @hughbon) tweeted this photo from the NYC subway. Much of the cast is in New York for publicity around season 3, and they'll be online live Wednesday night, 12/12, 5pm Seattle time. Watch the video right from our Downton Abbey homepage (or here):

On the chat will be:

All the dead people, but not all the sex: A 5-minute recap

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Season 2 Characters

Still don't know who Mr. Pamuk is, but don't have 15 hours to watch all of seasons 1 and 2 before January 6? You might miss a few subplots, but honestly, your guess as to why Dr. Clarkson would prescribe cinnamon milk for Spanish Flu will be as good as anyone's.

Click here to watch the 5-minute recap.

For those who've watched them all once or twice, what's your favorite skimmed-over subplot?

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Schedule

Excited about Season 3 of Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey Season 3

Masterpiece PBS - The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey.

Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Season 3 is a Carnival Films and Masterpiece coproduction, in association with NBCUniversal. The series won an impressive six Primetime Emmy® Awards and a Golden Globe® in its first season. Recent honors for Season 2 include multi-category nominations from the Critics' Choice Awards and from the Television Critics Association.

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