dowager countess past downton abbey season 5 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 episode 3 spoilers: Lady Violet's past comes to the forefrontITV has released the episode description for the newest “Downton Abbey” offering, Season 5 episode 3. We have some thoughts about it, but be warned: Spoilers ahead. Don’t keep reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.

The description reads:

Mary’s secret assignation is very nearly blown, but Violet’s quick thinking saves the day. Robert is left red faced and furious when things don’t go as planned. The events surrounding Green’s death are once again under scrutiny, while Mrs Patmore is devastated when old wounds are reopened but Carson is unsympathetic. Branson receives an interesting proposition concerning the future of the Downton estate, while a figure from Violet’s distant past suggests she has buried secrets of her own.

First of all, “Violet’s quick thinking”? So the Dowager Countess is going to find out about Mary’s secret tryst with Lord Gillingham, is she? Hmm. What doesn’t Lady Violet end up knowing about?

The other part of the description that drew our attention is Mrs. Patmore’s old wounds that Carson is unsympathetic toward. Do you suppose it has to do with the war memorial and her nephew who was killed when he deserted? That is going to be hard.

Finally, we can’t wait to learn more about this fellow coming to visit who is part of Lady Violet’s past. They teased him in the promo for episode 3 and the ITV site describes Lady Violet’s Season 5 arc thusly: “As a figure from the Dowager’s past comes back to haunt her, can she maintain her good reputation?” Oh, dear. The Dowager Countress was probably quite saucy back in the day.

“Downton Abbey” is currently airing Sundays in the U.K. and premieres in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

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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."