A U.K. newspaper confirmed the news today, as did Newsweek/Daily Beast writer Jace Lacob. Julian Fellowes, who created the drama, will continue to write the saga of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, and the third season will follow the characters into the 1920s.
"I have grown very fond of my Downton family and I certainly do not want to say goodbye to them quite yet," Fellowes told the Mirror.
Fellowes has said that he envisions chronicling the lives of the Crawley family and their servants through various upheavals of the 20th Century, and I look forward to seeing how the characters on the show respond to the cataclysm of World War 1 in season 2. (For more on what happens when the show returns, check out this feature on the upcoming season).
As for season 3, "in the '20s there are big changes, new inventions, different expectations I can't wait to explore," Fellowes said recently.
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