On the heels of her Golden Globe win for Best Supporting TV Actress comes news that Maggie Smith will be returning to her role as the Dowager Countess in the fourth season of Downton Abbey. TV Line reported the news, which includes a few spoilers about season three. Tread carefully with that link. Smith was only contractually obligated for the first three seasons of the series, and creator Julian Fellowes has said “it’s entirely up to her when she stays and when she goes,” so this is great news for fans. “With Maggie, you never know,” Fellowes added. “Other [actors] sign on for the next series and they sign for this and they sign for that, but she doesn’t. She stays her own person. But as far as I’m concerned, I hope she stays with the show until Downton falls down.” Fingers crossed!