Beleaguered love, boiling political tension, and bittersweet family drama made series 3 of Downton Abbey one to remember. How did the finale live up to what came before? Many, many spoilers follow below!

Series 3 of Downton Abbey was an eight-week emotional roller-coaster for everyone from fans to the fictional family. From the uncertain eve of Mary and Matthew’s long-awaited wedding, to the devastating loss of Lady Sybil, to Thomas’s dangerous liaison with new footman Jimmy, it’s certain that no one in the Abbey will ever be quite the same.

As the series began, it seemed like everyone in Grantham was ready to celebrate Matthew and Mary’s decision to tie the knot at last, along with the show’s many shippers and fans. But the joyous occasion was nearly doomed to disaster when Mary learned that Matthew refused his potential inheritance from deceased-fiance Lavinia’s father to help bail Downton out of debt. Fortunately, wise words from Branson reconcile the two just before the wedding, and a lucky letter from Lavinia’s father reconciled Matthew to the idea of devoting his inheritance to the support of Downton. Now Mary and Matthew can look to forward to their future as the Lord and Lady of Grantham… hopefully with heirs aplenty.

Edith (poor Edith!) was determined to hop on the wedding train as well, and pursued Sir Anthony Strallan with a single-mindedness that would brook no argument from either Sir Anthony or her family. But from the precipice of success, Edith fell into despair as Sir Anthony let his age rule over his heart and left her at the alter. Forlorn, but with an unexpected resilience, Edith turned her attentions to England’s neglect for women’s rights and toyed with a journalistic career in spite of Robert’s objections.

As for Sybil, the youngest of the Crawley sisters ought to have earned the most joy out of series 3, but it was not to be. Sybil was repeatedly torn between her husband Tom’s disdain for English aristocracy and a desire to keep peace with her own family, a tension that only escalated when Tom participated in an Irish rebellion and was banned from his country. The birth of Sybil’s daughter might have helped bring the Bransons and Crawleys nearer together, but after a difficult, though seemingly successful labor, Sybil tragically died of eclampsia.

Sybil’s death sent waves of sorrow through Downton Abbey and its fans, but none more so than her husband Tom. Though Matthew and Mary especially tried to lend whatever support they could, it was sadly clear that Branson – exiled from Ireland and bereft of his wife – found it difficult to make a place for himself at Downton without Sybil.

Love and loss also characterized the lot of the downstairs set of Downton Abbey. Mrs. Hughes spent earlier episodes battling terror as a lump in her breast was examined, assessed and diagnosed with agonizing slowness; fortunately, the lump was benign, and Mrs. Hughes found strength in the clear love and support from the Crawleys, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Patmore.

Anna, meanwhile, struggled with perhaps the most dolorous storyline of the series: that of Mr. Bates’ continued imprisonment for the murder of his first wife Vera. Anna was desperate to find proof of her husband’s innocence, and finally narrowed down the truth in an offhand reference to a pie crust. Freed from the grey-toned prison at last, Bates and Anna hope to finally start their married lives in earnest.

The younger members of the staff were also entangled in highly-charged emotional bonds. Kitchen maid Daisy was finally promoted to assistant cook, only to lose the growing affections of new-footman Alfred to her new underling Ivy. Ivy herself fancied even-newer-footman Jimmy, however, and Alfred found himself hemmed in by the dislike of Jimmy and Thomas.

Thomas, of course, found it increasingly difficult to hide his attraction to Jimmy. Still grieving for Sybil, Thomas took O’Brien’s vindictive advice and tried to initiate a relationship with the handsome footman. Unfortunately, Jimmy’s indignant reaction coupled with Alfred’s accidental intrusion landed Thomas in very hot water.

Dear old Isobel, well-intentioned to the point of being dangerous, lent a hand to Ethel, a former maid at Downton who had turned to prostitution to feed her illegitimate son. Watching unhappily as Ethel decided to have the boy raised by his wealthy grandparents, Isobel took a stand against prejudice and hired the “fallen woman” as her maid. Though Ethel’s cooking skills and relationship with Isobel both improved, Ethel continued to face censure from almost every quarter in Grantham.

And to zip straight back to the top of the Downton Abbey food chain, Robert and Cora spent significant time in the emotional trenches as well. Robert’s loss of his and Cora’s fortune was a bigger blow to Lord Grantham than it was to his wife, but Sybil’s untimely death nearly drove a permanent wedge between them. Robert also struggled with his two sons-in-law, fighting Tom for the right to baptize his daughter as a Catholic and resisting Matthew’s attempts to reorganize the finances of Downton so that the estate might survive in the 20th century.

And lest we forget – Lady Violet was truly stupendous in series 3, whether engaging in biting back-and-forths with Cora’s visiting mother, or trying to bear up under the awful loss of Sybil. (It hardly seems like necessary speculation, but we fully expect Dame Maggie Smith to accept another Emmy Award for her work this year.)

Like we said, it’s been quite the year on Downton Abbey! Share your reactions to the finale and the series below in the comments… And don’t forget to speculate on the upcoming Christmas special!

The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

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The final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars will air starting in April 2017.

The news was announced via Facebook Live by the Pretty Little Liars creator, Marlene King, along with the stars of the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, and Sasha Pieterse. You can still watch the video on the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page.

The conclusion of the show has been rumored for quite a while now, with King even stating earlier in the year that season 7 would likely be the end of Pretty Little Liars “as we know it.” However, up until now, speculation continued about how the show could potentially continue past its seventh season.

A possible film was previously discussed as an option to end the series, but that seems to be off the table now. The series finale will now be a “two-hour, drama-filled television event.”

As for what we can expect for the final 10 episodes of Pretty Little Liars, it will “continue to be filled with homecomings and reunions.” We’ve already seen so many familiar and forgotten faces in season 7, so it will be nice to be able to say a final goodbye to even more characters.

On top of the returning characters, we can also expect a wedding! Obviously Ezria is the couple to watch for this, since they recently got engaged, but you never really know with Pretty Little Liars.

The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars season 7 is airing tomorrow, August 30, so we will have a long wait before the final 10 episodes air in April 2017.

The series finale will be followed by the premiere of Marlene King’s new series, Famous In Love. If you need a Pretty Little Liars fix after the show ends, this may be a good show for you to check out!

Famous In Love will be another one-hour drama that will supposedly “put the spotlight on the dark side of fame.” It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Rebecca Serle.

How do you feel about ‘Pretty Little Liars’ ending with season 7?

Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Behind-the-scenes looks at next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continue to leak off the animated film’s 25th Anniversary Edition, arriving in September.

Today we have four new previews. This one’s a particular doozy because we get to see a first look (sort of) at Emma Watson as Belle, who has yet to be unveiled in full. The dress she’s wearing in this concept art may be best remembered from the animated movie for its appearance in the scenes surrounding the song “Belle”:

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Three pieces of concept art appear to have been drawn up for the costume department. We’re also getting a look at Gaston (Luke Evans) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson):

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Finally, we have a shot of Luke Evans and a woman rehearsing a dance scene that appears to take place on top of a table. In the background you can see additional concept art depicting Mrs. Potts (in kettle form), Chip, and a piano (who might be played by Stanley Tucci and named Cadenza):

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Last week we got to see several other first looks from this same behind-the-scenes featurette, including Dan Stevens as the Beast (human form), Cogsworth, and Lumière.

At this rate, the whole behind-the-scenes look may be spoiled by the time the Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition is released to the world on September 20.

The live-action Beauty and the Beast arrives this March and is directed by Bill Condon.

Report: Warner Bros. wants Daniel Radcliffe to return for ‘Cursed Child’ movie

File this one under: Crazy rumor that's also somehow... plausible? (But it's probably not gonna happen.)

10:49 am EDT, August 29, 2016

If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

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If Warner Bros. are indeed working on a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they’ll likely be looking to bring back the o.g. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

At least that’s the hot buzz from NY Daily News, whose “Tinseltown sources” also say that a movie version of the play could arrive as early as 2020, and that it might evolve into a trilogy about Harry and his son Albus.

Daniel Radcliffe — the same Daniel Radcliffe who proclaimed in 2010 that “I’m working very hard to establish myself as an actor outside of this series,” and who hasn’t even been to see Cursed Child yet — is reportedly Warner Bros.’ choice to play Harry in the series, which (as unlikely as it is to actually happen) may very well be true.

After all, as amazing as Jamie Parker is as Harry Potter on stage, Warner Bros., must be aware that most Harry Potter fans won’t be able to see the play live, and therefore wouldn’t necessarily be as hyped about a ‘Harry Potter movie’ that didn’t star the actors from the original movie series.

Related: Have you read all of Hypable’s original Cursed Child coverage? (There’s a lot!)

As NY Daily News notes, however, Radcliffe is very much doing his own thing, with even the sources admitting that he’d “need some persuading” before agreeing to reprise the role he’s trying very hard to distance himself from.

Aside from this small inconvenience, there are plenty of other reasons why this would not — and perhaps should not — work out.

First of all, Dan Radcliffe is currently 27 years old, and if Warner Bros. was really planning the Cursed Child movie for 2020, he’d have to play the part of a 36-40-year-old Harry in the movie at age >30. We all remember how awkward the Deathly Hallows epilogue turned out, and we’re sure there aren’t many of us who’d want an hours-long version of that (for not to mention the possibility that they’d split this story into two movies).

Second, once they got Radcliffe back, they’d have to get everyone else, too. You couldn’t just have the original Harry back while introducing a brand new Hermione, Ron, Draco, Ginny, etc.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly: Daniel Radcliffe is not Harry Potter. While movie fans will probably always see Radcliffe’s face when thinking about the character, he existed on the pages of the novel series first, which means a potential Cursed Child movie wouldn’t be recasting anyone if they went with new actors — they’d simply pick a new, older set of actors to embody the iconic characters.

Having seen the play on stage, this writer would personally much rather see the original Cursed Child cast reprise their roles for any eventual movie version that Warner Bros. puts together. A lot of the play’s success hinges on these actors’ performances and chemistry, and it’d be a shame to lose that magic on screen.

Would you want to see Daniel Radcliffe back as Harry Potter in a ‘Cursed Child’ movie?