'Downton Abbey' Season 5: A 'troublemaker' in Lady Anstruther, 'impulsive' Lady Mary and more

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downton-abbey-2014-tca-panel-getty.jpgFour cast members and executive producer Gareth Neame took part in the "Downton Abbey" 2014 summer TCA press tour panel on Tuesday (July 22) where they offered a few teases for the upcoming fifth season, which will take place six months after the events of the Season 4 finale.

Joanne Froggatt on Anna and Bates:
"They both know they're not quite being honest with each other, they can sense it. Anna, in her heart of hearts, she really does feel that Mr. Bates hasn't done this thing because she doesn't think Mr. Bates knows it was Mr. Green who raped her. However, she has these doubts and it just doesn't leave her. It's something that sort of haunts her in Season 5. It's this added anxiety on top of what else she's going through."

Michelle Dockery on Lady Mary: "She's very complex. I think she's impulsive, she makes these decisions and then once she goes through with it, she realizes it wasn't quite the right decision. This series she is quite impulsive. She's embracing her new life, really. She's through the grief now and I kind of see Series 5 as the new Mary. With that she's got a bit of her bite back that we had in Series 1, which I enjoyed playing. ... This series is a lot more fun."

Allen Leech on Season 5 in general: "The stories have become more personal. This year they are such personal journeys for each character, it's harder to give spoilers. It's an individual journey for each character more so than it ever has been before."

Froggatt on Season 5: "There's drama, love, comedy, there's all of those elements there really, really strongly. I'm really proud of Season 5. Julian has done an amazing job, it's a real mixture of all of those things. ... I think everyone is going to really enjoy Season 5."

Dockery on new character Lady Anstruther: "She's a troublemaker. She comes to the house and she creates havoc."

Leech on the Mary-Branson friendship: "In Series 5, they become closer because they become confidants. They're after the same thing for Downton, which is sustainability. They want to see Downton continue into the future, not only for themselves but obviously for their offspring. You definitely get a sense that they come together on a united front with the idea of making sure that Downton's going to be around a lot longer than even while they're around. In that, they solidify their friendship as well."

EP Neame on Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti: "They're not in Season 5, but they may well be in future seasons of the show."

"Downton Abbey" premieres Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
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