Downton Abbey First Look: Bates in Prison! Lady Edith With a Man! Miss O'Brien in a Foul Mood!

Mr. Bates is not taking to prison life, the Dowager Countess is having none of Shirley MacLaine, Lady Edith is looking to shed her spinster rep and Miss O’Brien is (shocker!) not impressed with something. 

Those are the key takeaways from the fresh assortment of photos just released from Downton Abbey‘s forthcoming third season (bowing in early 2013).

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Scroll through the gallery below and then hit the comments with your own thoughts/interpretations.