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As promised, today ITV released the Downton Abbey series 4 trailer which gives us our first detailed look at the highly-anticipated season.

Watch the Downton Abbey series 4 trailer below. The preview heartbreakingly kicks off with Lady Mary in a conversation with Dowager Countess deciding that she should start a life rather than ending hers in the wake of Matthew’s passing. In the rest of the trailer we see endless shots from the forthcoming episodes including glimpses at new characters who may serve as suitors to Lady Mary:

Earlier today, we learned that new episodes will begin airing on September 22.

What do you think of the ‘Downton Abbey’ series 4 trailer?

Despite Matthew’s loss, executive producer insists that the best is still to come for Mary and the show’s story lines. “[His death] clearly will make a huge difference,” he said, “But I can assure you that it’s given the show a whole new impetus. We’ve gone off in a whole new direction and it’s very exciting to see the whole new season come together.” Though Matthew will undoubtedly leave a large car shaped hole, Neame promises that the creative team has “Some great new ideas. The show’s in really good health.”

He added, “The show will feel the same as it’s always felt. But hopefully with great new stories, and a new energy.”

Related: See photos of Lady Mary’s three potential new suitors – which is your favorite?

Downton Abbey series 4 premieres September 22 in the United Kingdom and January 5, 2014 in the United States. Hypable will have full coverage of the season as it airs on ITV and then again as it airs on PBS.

  • Samma


  • http://tyrionical.tumblr.com/ Kyle


    • luna97381

      ME TOO especially how the show will morph with the entrance of the first black character and the roaring twenties :) should be great

  • Tyler

    No Scala? Loved the trailer but the music was too modern. I liked that Scala always was the trailer music. But anyways, I’m super excited!

  • Winkyxx


  • Winkyxx

    Someone please tell me what song the trailer had. Thanks!

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/freya/ Anna Roberts

      The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law


      They’re a fantastic band, gave me a shock to hear them in the trailer! I also recommend Buoy, Whirring, Popinjay and Bats… what the hell, just listen to all their stuff, they’re awesome!

      • Winkyxx

        Thanks so much!!

  • Jill

    Is there no petition going around the internet for pbs to air Downton episodes simultaneously? Somebody should really start one.

    • holly1

      I usually watch it online

    • jkredwine

      PBS answered those criticisms/requests earlier this month. They think they benefit from the word-of-mouth during the fall airings. I, personally, watch online during the fall broadcasts in the UK. But I think most would appreciate PBS airing it simultaneously.

      Here’s a Deadline article about it: http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/tca-pbss-downton-abbey-back-january-5/

  • ForFrodo

    Dramatic tea drinking!

  • Caroline J.

    at 32 seconds – is that mrs. hughes’ fancy man? =( (or someone else that’s already been reported on and i just missed it, lol?)

  • Caroline J.

    *dead* with EXCITEMENT!!

  • dlskin

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This seems like the only reaction appropriate

  • Jered Schander

    Why do they want to encourage torrenting?

  • Winkyxx

    Who can provide me with various links to watch on the computer instead of waiting for January? Thanks!

    • Kate

      putlocker and sockshare are usually the best bet for links to click.

      • Guest

        Everything I’ve read lately says primewire.ag has been hacked is redirecting people to vodly.to . I’m not risking it.

        • Kate

          The best bet is to always type letmewatchthis(.)ch and see where it redirects you (which is currently primewire). The whole hacking thing is a big mess, you can find lots of forums discussing it, so I’m pretty sure vodly is the site you DON’T want to go to.

          • http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/ Stacy

            Another alternative is to get a VPN like TunnelBear and watch on iTV online. https://www.tunnelbear.com/ That’s what I’ve done.

  • BlueNargles

    I feel like Branson is getting over Sybil before I am. Keep your lips to yourself, mister!

    • Maria Wang

      that’s so true, i’ve been rewatching the series. And watching Sybil, she’s such a kind and gentle soul. It makes me sad that she’s gone

    • sam

      WHO are those two at 0:14 after Anna/Bates??? Its not Branson is it? Doesn’t look like him to me… his nose is different. And is the girl with his Rose or that Kelly Ripa look-alike maid?

  • frezb

    AHHH, Carson and Mary…. AHHHHH

  • Taylor Justice Soniat

    omg!!! omg!!! omg!!! So excited!!! I CAN NOT wait for this season! They just get better and better each year!!!

  • lorepottter

    Welcome to Downton

  • QuietMisfit


  • DarrlynM87

    So excited! And not gonna lie, glad that they have at least one person of color but I know that storyline is going to revolve race and racism, sigh, it is the 1920′s after all

  • http://www.twitter.com/morganstradling Morgan Stradling

    Oh Downton Abbey: a soap opera disguised as a period piece. Still love it though!

  • mac

    Anyone know the name of the background song or group singing?

  • daisyduck

    I had to watch that twice because I was convinced that I saw Nigel Harman, and I did! I didn’t realise that he was joining the cast! He’s yum :)

  • SupaStar

    Hmm..even though this is a fake period pce . Not true to the times. But it is a good soap opera placed in the Twenties. I enjoy the acting and writing and will look forward to this one.

  • guest

    MATTHEW!!! I started bawling cause he wasnt there…the show is not going to be the same without him…He was my absolute favorite.

  • Aimee_Pond

    I’m still pushing for a Hypable Dowton Abbey podcast

  • Meadow

    It looks great! I can’t wait for the new season to start. :)

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