They’re BACK AND AS POMPOUS AS EVER. Or at least Robert is, judging by the getup. Try not to make too many high-pitched squeeing noises as you scroll through; not if you’re in public, anyway.
Of course there’s not too much to go on by way of plot speculation, but you know us. We’ll take something and run with it. First: the lady in pale blue looks an awful lot like Queen Mary. Second, Cora in purple and what looks like Isobel in black indicates a mourning period.
Third, that’s new cast members Tuppence Middleton in the blue and orange and Kate Phillips sitting next to Cora. No idea what their roles are, although Phillips would seem to either be a member of the family or some other aristocrat of rank, given where she’s sitting.
Fourth: Carson! Looking fit, which is good to see.
Fifth: Enough tweed to choke a horse! A welcome sight. Although not nearly as welcome as …
Sixth: Unexpected homoerotic imagery! Clearly, director Julian Fellowes knows where at least a third of his audience lies on the Kinsey scale. Thank you for the butts n’ boots, Julian! More, please.
EDITED TO ADD:
Edith and Violet! Or more accurately, The Marchioness of Hexham and the Dowager Countess of Grantham. At least we know they’re not dead!
New castmember Imelda Staunton, playing… whoever she’s playing.
And Anna appears to still be alive – and dressed rather finely for a ladies maid along with Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Carson. It must be weird for them all to be back together and in costume.
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