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Downton Abbey Season 4 SPOILERS: Before The Premiere UK Air Date Tomorrow, Some Final Spoilers: Tom Branson May Leave Downton, Gregson's 'Ambitious Plan' To Marry Edith, Thomas' New Schemes


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(Photo : Facebook/Downton Abbey) The new cast photo for "Downton Abbey" Season 4.

Before the “Downton Abbey” Season 4 premiere airs in the UK tomorrow, Sunday, September 22, we have a few last spoilers, courtesy a leaked press pack.

• The meddling Lady Rosamund Painswick will become her niece Edith’s “confidante and greatest support” as Edith spends more and more time in London and grows closer to her married editor, Michael Gregson.

• Gregson is “desperate to make an honest woman out of Edith” and ‘Hatches an ambitious plan” that may have him going to “extreme lengths to secure their happiness together.”

• Edna Braithwaite – the former housemaid who was fired for flirting with the newly-widowed Tom Branson – returns to Downton as Lady Cora’s new lady’s maid, replacing O’Brien. Mrs. Hughes and Carson are “appalled” by Edna’s manipulations. There’s also this note: “Ever scheming, Edna has an agenda and there’s no doubt Branson will figure heavily in her plans.”

• Bates will ask Molesley for help “in his time of need,” and “both their allegiances to the Crawleys, in defense of their reputation, are put to the test.”

• Mary’s new suitor Viscount Gillingham may break his engagement for her. “Engaged to the Hon. Mabel Lane Fox, his choice is perhaps more sensible than inspired, and meeting Mary again makes him start to wonder whether he may have given up on life too soon,” the notes read.

• Another new character (and potential suitor?) Charles Blake will be introduced to the Crawleys by Evelyn Napier, with whom he is undertaking a study to examine estates that are facing difficulties in a changing society — and he doesn’t necessarily wish to prevent the estates’ collapse. There will be “immediate antagonism” between him and Mary.

• Lady Rose MacClare’s attraction to the city and the roaring twenties will threaten the Crawleys’ social standing.

• Thomas will return to his scheming ways, perhaps with some help from another servant.

• Tom Branson will consider leaving Downton with baby Sybbie, as he “still feels something of an interloper.”

• Mrs. Hughes’ “moral strength and compassion” will be “tested to the limit” in Season 4, “as she is forced to keep a secret with one of her most trusted staff.” She also “nudges Carson to confront an uncomfortable issue from his past” and draws Isobel Crawley’s attention “to the cause of a man in need.”

• Assistant cook Daisy will exert her authority over scullery maid Ivy, who has won Alfred’s affections, though she has her sights set on Jimmy.

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Reporter's Photo Sep 21, 2013 02:07 PM EDT