Downton Abbey 2 trailer: Did Dowager have affair rendering Lord Grantham illegitimate?

Downton Abbey: A New Era trailer released

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Trouble is brewing in paradise for the Crawley family in the new trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era. Maggie Smith’s terminally ill Dowager has inherited a French villa from a man in her mysterious past. And after the family arrives in the Riviera, Carson the butler discovers a miniature portrait of a young Lady Violet.

The Dowager tells her family in the Downton Abbey 2 trailer: “Years ago, before you were born, I met a man…”

Penelope Wilton’s Baroness Isobel Merton says: “They spend a few days together and he gives her a house.”

Meanwhile, Lady Mary’s busy allowing a film crew to shoot a movie at Downton and so Lord Grantham and others head to the south of France to check out the villa.

Given that the Dowager isn’t with them, perhaps she’s died at this point in the sequel, given that she revealed she was dying at the end of the first movie?

Upon arrival at the Villa of the Doves, Lord Grantham is met by a mysterious French man and woman.

The latter, played by Nathalie Baye in an undisclosed role, says: “How happy you must be [to inherit this place].”

Robert Crawley is then shown asking the man portrayed by Jonathan Zaccaï: “Why did you invite us here?”

Additionally, Lady Edith says at one point: “It doesn’t look good for Papa, if she felt the need to keep it a secret.”

Downton Abbey A New Era: Universal Pictures releases trailer

Was Lady Violet having an affair with a French aristocrat in the Victorian period?

If so, is the mystery man her other son and Lord Grantham’s half-brother?

Or perhaps, Robert’s real father isn’t the 6th Earl of Grantham after all, but the previous owner of the villa?

If this were the case, it would mean that not only is he the illegitimate heir, but also his daughter and co-owner of Downton Abbey, Lady Mary and her son George. The whole family line could be in serious trouble.

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Downton Abbey: A New Era hits UK cinemas on April 29, 2022.

Downton Abbey 2’s official synopsis reads: “From award-winning creator Julian Fellowes comes the motion picture event DOWNTON ABBEY: A NEW ERA. The much-anticipated cinematic return of the global phenomenon reunites the beloved cast as they go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Countess’ newly inherited villa.”

The full cast is as follows: “Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Tuppence Middleton, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Penelope Wilton, and new cast members Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, Dominic West, Jonathan Zaccaï.”

Downton Abbey: A New Era hits UK cinemas on April 29, 2022.

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