Downton Abbey Episode 2 | Episode 2 Airs Sunday, January 15

The Crawleys meet the war head on: Downton is turned into a convalescent home, with Thomas in charge. L-R: Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley, Julian Wadham as General Sir Herbert Strutt, Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley, David Robb as Dr. Clarkson, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora, Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham. (Courtesy of 2011 Carnival Film and Television Ltd.)

Season 2 of the Emmy Award-winning series Downton Abbey resumes the story of aristocrats and servants in the tumultuous World War I era. The international hit is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, plus a drawing room full of new actors, portraying the loves, feuds, and sacrifices of a glittering culture thrown into crisis. The Masterpiece Classic series runs Sunday nights on PBS at 8 p.m. Central Time.

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Rob James-Collier as Thomas. (Courtesy of 2011 Carnival Film and Television Ltd.)

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Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) take a walk on the grounds of Downton. (Courtesy of 2011 Carnival Film and Television Ltd.)

Read Dean Robbins’s full review of Downton Abbey Season 2.