‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Premiere Recap

January 5, 2015 3:17 AM

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Premiere Recap

No, it’s not dealing with the death of a major character or yet another example of Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) inexplicably mismanaging the estate’s funds, again. This time the challenge is invisible to the naked eye, but it’s no less important than figuring out how the aristocratic Crawleys will muddle through another life obstacle.

The British prestige drama is now in its fifth season, which, for many shows of its ilk (“Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire”), can be a treacherous one. I bring this up because, unlike the three aforementioned series, “Downton Abbey” does not, as of this posting, have a set ending. And tha...

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