Downton Abbey Season 3 Scoop: The Future of Mr. Bates

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Downton Abbey only just wrapped up its second season in America, but already fans are anxious for answers concerning season three. When will it pick up? What will be the fate of various characters?

In a recent Q&A with PBS viewers, actor Brendan Coyle at least offered a couple hints regarding his popular character of Mr. Bates.

"He begins season three in prison," Coyle simple said, adding: I can't say anymore, honestly."

Bates on Trial

It's already known, however, that Shirley MacLaine will be joining the cast as Lady Grantham's mother, a casting choice Coyle raved about.

"Her scenes are brilliant and I can assure you she will be a dazzling addition to Downton Abbey," he said.

Season three begins filming this spring and will air in Great Britain before the year is through. It won't come to PBS, however, until early 2013.

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I have purchased Seasons 1&2 and watched them thru. I'm confused because I've seen more somewhere in the last few months and season 3 hasn't been released in U.S. - so how have I already seen Sybil have the conversation with her father, Robert, that he "disowned her" and eventually came to terms with her leaving with Branson? And I could have sworn I've seen Cora & Lavinia come down with the plague before April when Matthew & Lavinia are supposed to get married. I also have seen Mr. Bates & Anna run off to get married one afternoon before they would be missed for dinner. And before Mr. Bates was arrested. Anyone else seen this?

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i am in love with Mr Bates..i killed his wife. silly me to knowing he is love with someone else better her than his last ..itch. i will have to wait and see if i have a chance. Be free Mr Bates i will help u again to escape.

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Just found Downton series this summer and I am addicted. I can't wait til season 3 airs.The series is perfection.

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I think O'Brien had something to do with the murder of Mrs. Bates. She may have even done it herself. There was foreshadowing in her convo with Thomas when she said she was sorry she had written Mrs. Bates and that nobody would harm her ladyship. Although O'Brien has no use for Bates, she knew how much trouble Mrs. Bates could bring down on Lady Grantham, and of course, O'Brien has the problem of having to reconcile, in her own mind, what she did to Cora, so offing Mrs. Bates might have "been the ticket" to alleviating some of her guilt. Finally, we all know O'Brien is nasty enough to do it!

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why do I have the feeling Bates did it? we have no proof he didn't. if he would just say the things he should!!! i have nothing against Bates but where's the proof he didn't do it?

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Necesito, necesito saber que Mr. Bates no muere, por favor, me dolió la muerte de Lavinia, pero creo que deben "salvar" al Sr. Bates, él es inocente, lo sé. No puedo ver sufrir a Anna de esa forma....plis, let me know...

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I love this series; it is so refreshing to see quality TV. Sometimes the British just know how to do it better. The characters are rich and complex; the cinematogray is perfect. The plot has twists and turns that really "hook " you. I have seen both Seasons 1 and 2, and I am rewatching both. I can't wait until Season 3 comes to the U.S.A!!!!!!

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Downton Abbey is my all-time favorite T.V. series. I have purchased both seasons and I watch them often. Hooked in Florida! Share season 3 with us in the USA ASAP!

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2013??? 2013??? OMG, are you kidding me?? I don't think I can wait. I am just barely thriving on the periodic repeats on PBS. Come on guys, pass up an afternoon tea now and again. Let's see season 3 earlier puh-lease!!!

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I need a date for the new season, please.