This thread is for discussing Downton Abbey as it airs in Britain, so it will contain unmarked spoilers for those of you watching on the US timetable. If you do not want to be spoiled for the US airing, do not read further!
If you want to discuss the show as it airs in the US, take your comments to the Downton Abbey expanded forum rather than duplicate the discussion in here. If you want to discuss a US episode in light of what would be a spoiler in the US threads, bring that here, but make sure you're discussing the show rather than other posters' reactions to the show. In other words, "Watching the US episode last night had new meaning for me now that I know that Mrs Murgatroyd dies in the next episode" is okay. "I can't wait to see how people react to Mrs Murgatroyd's death" is not. The first is your reaction to the show; the second is your reaction to viewers, and that's boards on boards.
If you read in this thread, do not post in the US speculation thread at all. There's no way to unspoil yourself, and it's all too easy to spoil things for others without meaning to. You can't speculate when you already know everything that is coming. If I see any of you doing that, you'll be suspended or banned.
There seems to be some confusion about what constitutes a spoiler in here. Any major media article or interview about the show in Britain is not a spoiler by TWoP rules. Neither are sneak peeks, promos, episode synopses, or press releases. Spoilers are leaked, not given out in interviews. PM me if you have questions about that.
Finally, if you want to discuss Mary and Pamuk, you have missed your chance. Don't bring it up at all, please. Sorry you missed out, but the reasons are here. Thanks.
The new version of the pinned post is much longer than is optimal, but as we approach the US airing, I thought it important to make sure no one stumbles into this thread by mistake. PM me if you have questions about it.