Downton Abbey S4Please Credit Photographer Nick Briggs/Carnival.The fourth series, set in 1922, sees the return of our much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey. As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked.MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary, ELIZABETH MCGOVERN as Lady Cora and LAURA CARMICHAEL as Lady Edith Photographer Nick Briggs"Downton Abbey" Season 6, aka the final season, premieres Sunday, January 3, 2016 on PBS. We are expecting somewhat of a satisfying conclusion -- with weddings, reunions, and other stuff to give us the happy sniffles -- but it sounds like some sad tears may be shed as well.

"We've got 20 or so main characters. There's a lot to get done in these final nine episodes," executive producer Gareth Neame told TV Guide. "This is ultimately a happy show that people love, so I don't think we're going to end with lightning striking the house and the house is exploded or something. But not everyone will have a happy ending."

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Is someone going to die? Not the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), we hope. Or worse, will more anvils just fall in poor Edith's head while Mary laughs? #TeamEdith4Life

Speaking of Edith, who is now a newspaper owner, actress Laura Carmichael told TV Guide, "We'll see how the men of the 1920s take to being told what to do by a woman. She remains a kind of contributor, and there is an editor, Mr. Skinner, who we meet in the first episode. He's a nightmare, so yes, it's a question of can she work under him?" Why would she be under him, when she should be over him?

Here's a juicy Edith tease, and of course it connects to her chief nemesis, her sister Mary. "There's a great argument between the sisters, Lady Edith and Lady Mary," Joanne Froggatt (Anna) told TV Guide. "They've sort of mellowed a bit over the years, but this is a reminder of how things were. I can't say what it's about, but it's great. Everyone's going to be, [Gasps] 'I can't believe she actually said that!''" Please say it's Edith taking down Mary!

Downton Abbey S4The fourth series, set in 1922, sees the return of our much loved characters in the sumptuous setting of Downton Abbey. As they face new challenges, the Crawley family and the servants who work for them remain inseparably interlinked.BRENDAN COYLE as John Bates and JOANNE FROGGATT as AnnaPhotographer: Nick Briggs
But when someone mentions a lack of happy endings, we have to think of Bates and Anna, who have seen their share of (unnecessary) drama. Froggatt teased, "There is happiness for Anna and Bates, but it's not easily attained. They just have more problems thrown their way this year, a whole new set of problems that we didn't even know about. Yes, so there's a new challenge for Anna and Bates." Ugh!

Read TV Guide's full story for more spoilers, and cross your fingers that the Season 6 trailer they showed at the 2015 TCA press tour is released online soon. Are you Team Edith or Team Mary, and whom do you suspect will not have a happy ending?

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