“Downton Abbey” returns in a month on PBS for Season 4 and Monday (Dec. 9), “Today” aired a special behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season.

Star Elizabeth McGovern says the family is in mourning when the season begins.

“For my character, she’s a woman who suffered the most unimaginably horrible thing one could possibly suffer, which is the death of a child, followed by the death of a beloved son-in-law,” says McGovern.

Creator Julian Fellowes adds, “I think [Dan Stevens] departure gave us something very interesting for Mary to do. We are allowed to accompany her on her road out of the trauma, out of the grief.”

Hugh Bonneville, who stars as Robert Crawley, teases, “Matthew died without a will and that’s a major problem.” 

It also looks as though there is trouble brewing for Anna and Bates. Because of course there is — can’t those two just live happily ever after?

“Downton Abbey” premieres Jan. 5, 2014 on PBS.

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