As I started to watch the premiere of this season's Downton Abbey, I realized that it does take a scene or two to get back into the rhythm of the show. There were a lot of short scenes and switching from upstairs characters to downstairs characters. There was the usual snatched conversations in dark stairwells, lingering looks and references to secrets. And my favorite, the convenient tendency for the characters to overhear conversations.
As all these quirks were unfolding, I fell in love with the series all over again. From Mr. Carson's gruffness, to the Dowager Countess and her magnificent one liners, I began to remember the characters personalities and how they always manage to surprise and delight me. I thought Lord Grantham was especially surprising tonight with his funny reaction to his grandchildren, as well as the touching scene with Tom.
All in all, I thought this first episode was well paced; both ending stories from last season, as well as giving the viewers a glimpse of new plot twists. I am especially intrigued by Lady Mary's relationships. She's back to sniping at Lady Edith so, will she support her in the end when her big secret is inevitably revealed?
It looks to be an interesting season.