‘Downton Abbey’ Spoilers: What Lies Ahead For Anna And Bates In Season 5?

Season 5 of Downton Abbey is about ready to debut in the U.K., with a January premiere date slated for the United States, as is the norm. Fans are anxious to know where things are headed in the new episodes, particularly when it comes to the much-cherished coupling of Mr. Bates and Anna. What Downton Abbey spoilers are available for season 5 and this duo in particular?

According to TVLine, Downton Abbey spoilers for season 5 indicate that there are happier times ahead for Anna and Bates. Given what the couple went through in season 4, that is very welcome news for fans. Joanna Froggatt, who plays Anna, says that there are still some turbulent times ahead as the couple will still have some ups and downs. However, at least as the new season begins they are in a more positive place than in recent times.

As Froggatt points out, though, Anna and Bates do have a lot that they need to work through as a couple so it won’t be all cheery times. The show definitely won’t brush Anna’s rape under the rug. Froggatt says that the show will follow this emotional journey all the way through. A previous chat with the site revealed Downton Abbey spoilers that Anna and Bates definitely won’t face anything in season 5 as heavy as the season 4 rape. Froggatt teases that there is happiness ahead, but there will also be some trials and tribulations.

As The Frisky notes, Anna and Bates both have secrets they are keeping from one another. Plus, they both are aware that things are still not quite settled, so there definitely will be more difficult times ahead. What about the others on the canvas? Lady Mary is ready to move forward with her life and embrace love again, but which man will she choose? A new suitor will be in the mix of things, but many fans already know the choice they want her to make.

There has been speculation that Tom Branson and teacher Sarah Bunting might be headed toward a romance, but now The Telegraph notes that the actress who plays Bunting is moving to the States. Does that mean that things never really progress between Tom and Sarah in season 5? The big Downton Abbey spoiler preview for season 5, shared by CBS News, teases a little bit of everything for everybody. There are secrets and romances, and frighteningly it seems there may be a fire at Downton.

As is usually the case with this show, there will be components that fans love as well as storylines fans hate. That said, there is no doubt that people will be tuning in for every moment along the way. Season 5 of Downton Abbey premieres on ITV in the U.K. on September 21, and in the U.S. on PBS starting on January 4.

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