We’ve got a few juicy tidbits about the next two episodes of “Downton Abbey” Season 3, airing Sunday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 14 in the U.K. on ITV.

In the above preview of episode 4, it appears as though Branson is at Downton while Sybil is back in Ireland, pregnant and alone. Surely there is more to it, because we know Branson would never abandon her. Right? And her cryptic call to Edith? Scary.

Meanwhile, ITV has released the description for episode 5:

An exciting offer for Edith divides opinion.

Isobel throws Ethel a lifeline.

New maid Ivy is attracting attention below stairs, and Alfred’s interest in particular is resented by Daisy.

Anna’s perseverance finally pays off.

Matthew’s concerns about the estate grow but are his protests falling on deaf ears?

We are most intrigued by the exciting offer for Lady Edith, in light of the heartbreaking third episode we just watched. It’s kind of disappointing to learn Ethel is still lurking about, but the romance below stairs and Anna maybe finding a break in Bates’ case make us feel better about the episode. We wonder what Matthew’s concerns are about Downton…

“Downton Abbey” returns to the U.S. airwaves Jan. 6, 2013 on PBS.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."