If you have yet to see the Downton Abbey film and would like all the of the storylines to be a surprise, proceed with caution, spoilers ahead!
Downton Abbey's Dowager Countess, played by the inimitable Maggie Smith, has never met a nut she couldn't crack. But based on a the latest preview clip for the upcoming Downton movie, it seems the Crawley matriarch may have reached a détente with the enemy. (Well, at least for now.)
The enemy in question is Queen Mary of Teck's lady-in-waiting, Lady Bagshaw (played by Imelda Staunton, best known to U.S. audiences as Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge). It's unclear exactly what they had been disagreeing about, but in a short exchange, the pair reach a sort of understanding.
"Why did you not say this long ago?" the Countess asks.
"It seemed to great a leap for you," Lady Bagshaw counters.
"Well, who do you think I am? Some maiden aunt who's never left the village?"
"Obviously not," Lady Bagshaw admits.
The subject of the discussion seems to be Lucy Smith, Lady Bagshaw's maid. Bagshaw explains that she will soon hire another maid, and keep Lucy on as a companion. Her reasoning for this isn't explained, but the Countess seems to agree that it's the right move, saying that it's "much more suitable."
But that's not all: Lady Bagshaw also reveals that Lucy and Tom Branson, husband to the late Lady Sybil, have "agreed to correspond." It's a decision that the Countess can definitely get on board with, saying she'll "lick the stamps" herself.
Still, Downton's indefatigable Dowager Countess gets the last word, snapping back at Lady Bagshaw after being told she hasn't won. "I don't believe in defeat," she says.
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