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'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Trailer: It's Life or Death for Lady Mary

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Remember how devastated you felt when Matthew Crawley perished in that awful car wreck at the end of "Downton Abbey" Season 3? Well, multiply that feeling by a thousand, and that's how his widow Lady Mary is feeling as we enter Season 4 of PBS's smash hit costume drama. 

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In the just-released trailer for the upcoming season (embedded above), the Dowager Countess consoles a grieving Mary and encourages her not to let the tragedy take her life as well: "You have a straightforward choice: You must choose either death, or life."  

When a stonefaced Mary replies, "You think I should choose life?" the Countess offers a slight nod.

Of course, we're all still grieving after a particularly wrenching season of "Downton," which also saw Mary's sister Sybil die in childbirth. But the rest of the trailer promises plenty of Season 4 action in a series of quick cuts: romance (Sybil's widower Tom Branson kisses someone new!), tears (Mr. Bates sobbing!), and new faces, including Tom Cullen as a handsome suitor for Mary and Gary Carr as a black jazz singer who catches Lady Rose's eye.

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Oh, Julian Fellowes, you magnificent bastard: You've drawn us in again, haven't you?

Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" premieres Sunday, January 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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