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Robert, Earl of Grantham and Cora, Countess of Grantham

Played by: Hugh Bonneville (pictured) and Elizabeth McGovern Where we left off: Bummed he's not allowed to fight in World War I, Robert busies himself with fretting about loved ones fighting on the front and, um, lusting over a new housemaid. Cora balks at turning Downton into a convalescent home for wounded soldiers, but eventually yields. Later, she almost dies from the flu. Yeah, Season 2 was rough. What to expect: Money troubles immediately plague Robert, who turns to Matthew for help but isn't exactly welcoming to changes in financial handling. Meanwhile, Cora's opinionated mom (guest star Shirley MacLaine) visits to attend Matthew and Mary's wedding/trade bon mots with the Dowager Countess.
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