“Downton Abbey” is bringing its third season to a close these next few weeks. Last night, viewers rejoiced as Bates (Brendan Coyle) was finally freed from prison, thanks to the diligent work of his wife Anna (Joanne Froggatt). Froggatt chatted online with fans about Anna and Bates and what is in store for them in Season 4.
The Vera’s “murder” and the prison storyline took their emotional toll on Anna, which Froggatt says gave her such a sense of achievement.
“Those scenes certainly were very emotional and took real concentration,” says Froggatt, of thinking Bates might be hanged for his alleged crimes. “I always feel huge pressure to hit the right tone with scenes like that but I think it all adds to the performance in the end. If you feel like you have given it your all, you feel do a sense of achievement afterwards and hope that, that comes across on screen.”
Now that they are reunited, Froggatt teases that there will be at least some smooth sailing for Anna and Bates.
“You certainly see Anna and Bates in times of happiness, which I think was well needed,” says Froggatt, but she adds that of course there is drama in store for Season 4. “I’m afraid I can’t say much but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. As an actress you always want to play the drama.”
“We have just had the read through for Series 4 today and I am thrilled with the whole thing, including Anna and Bates’s story,” she continues. “I obviously can’t say more than that but I think it may be the best yet and there are certainly aspects of Anna’s character that have never been seen before … I think these scripts are the best yet. [Creator Julian Fellowes] has done such an incredible job. “
In addition to Anna and Bates, one of the fans’ favorite relationships on the show is between Anna and Lady Mary. Froggatt says she too loves that relationship.
“I love the relationship between Mary and Anna. I love the faith they have in each other and the care. Even though they are in a master servent relationship thet are just two young women finding their way through the trials and tribulations of life,” says Froggatt.
So can she tease anything about Season 4 for the fans?
“I get a slightly new hairstyle, very exciting!”
“Downton Abbey” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.