Spoilers already are hitting for the new season

It has been floating around the interwebs that Tom Branson, played by Allen Leech, has revealed a couple aspects surrounding the atmosphere of Downton Abbey. When the series returns, viewers will return to the 1923-ish era in which the lifestyle, class civilization in England will change. There will be a struggle to keep what systems they have in place afloat. Reflection about what Downton Abbey and its inhabitants represent will be something of great importance to its viewers come season 5.

As we expect, from the death of Branson’s wife, internal emotional and psychological effects will make there toll on Branson.  With this a certain bromance will be observed.


That being said, the addition of some new characters are in order. Carnival films and MASTERPIECE announced that a few new characters will be introduced to the cast come season 5 on PBS.

Richard E. Grant will be joining the cast as a guest of the Granthams. He will be introduced as Simon Bricker. Anne Chancellor, playing the character Lady Anstruther, and Rade Sherbedgia, playing a Russian refugee will guest role. Lastly, we will have some returning cast members Dame Harriet Walter, as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire.

Below is a short clip on Allen Leech and his character Tom Branson. He briefly explains a little behind his evolving character Mr. Branson and what people should expect out of him in series 5.