Like the late Matthew Crawley, Martha Levinson was a voice of pragmatism on aristocratic "Downtown Abbey" last season. Levinson, Cora's American mother, was played by Shirley MacLaine. She flew in from America for Lady Mary's wedding to Matthew. And MacLaine's portrayal of this outspoken character wowed.
The good news is that, reports VULTURE, Levinson will be back for the fourth season. That will add to the ingredients of what will be holding viewer interest.
Among what we are waiting for is if Lady Edith will really take up with a married man. That's her editor who's legally tethered to a woman in the madhouse. Of course, we're wondering if there will be character development of Lady Mary since she is now both a new widow and a new mother. Will she continue to dominate the ethos of the country estate as the oldest daughter? Branson is now the business mindset and, we assume, will evolve into a valuable commodity among the elite. Will he find a new soulmate? And will the Earl continue to look foolish and out of touch as the world and the people change around him?