Two hours were not enough. Let's start with that.
I was totally hoping that the whole season premiere of Downton Abbey Season 3 was going to be devoted to the Matthew/Mary wedding, but alas, apparently, there are other important things the audience should be more focused on. Which, of course, I don't buy. I just hope that the DVD will have extended scenes on every bit of the wedding-- from the vows to the reception to the first time they bed each other. Really, is that asking too much when we've been repeatedly taken to the edge of their union throughout two seasons? I just wanted to see them passionately make fake love to each other. I jest, of course, but only a little.
Despite that, I really enjoyed this episode, and yes, I've watched it twice already, if only for the wedding prep and the scene where the Dowager Countess mistakes her son (in black tie) for a waiter. I was so glad to see Tom Branson back (because he's quite a delight for the eyes) and smartly, albeit uncomfortably dressed. Lady Edith is still as annoying as ever, but that's her character. I'm betting Sir Anthony Strallan dies halfway through the upcoming wedding ceremony and leaves Edith with a bazillion moneys, enough to save Downton a thousand times over.
On the Bates topic, I must be one of the very few who really don't give a hoot about Bates' freedom. I always thought him a shady character, and I firmly believe that he's not fully innocent of Vera's murder, not that I care about her either. I'm not saying he murdered her. I'm still not 100% sure about that, but really, he must be really stupid for withholding and admitting the wrong kind of information. So, it's either that or everyone else around him is totally fooled by the facade of loyalty, purity, and nobility he's putting up. Conniving!
Are you a Downton Abbey lover? How did you like the season premiere of Season 3?