Downton Abbey - Season 6, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes

Episode 2



Critic Consensus: While some storylines prove rather shallow, "Episode 2" is an endearing return to form, with well-written dialogue and an affecting descent into tragedy.

Episode Info

It is now 1925, when secrets and rifts threaten the unity of the family, while those below stairs are faced with social changes which put all their futures in jeopardy.


Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Joanne Froggatt
as Anna Bates
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Martin Walsh
as Mr. Finch
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Patrick Brennan
as Mr. Dawes
Emma Lowndes
as Mrs. Drewe
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Paul Putner
as Mr. Skinner
Devon Black
as Receptionist
Trevor Cooper
as Mr. Glover
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Critic reviews for Episode 2

For an episode featuring a child kidnapping, not a whole lot actually happened this week. I was hopeful that having an endpoint to write towards would sharpen the storytelling, but so far that hope is not being borne out.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Downton Abbey hit its comic stride with the second instalment of its final series.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sunday's annual Malton fat stock show took a dramatic turn.

June 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The theme, all-around, was 'meddling.' Some of it for the good, some detrimental.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

While series six has its share of narrative streams, they all seem to be feeding into a collective thematic watershed: the rising tide of Downton's women.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

These episodes feel more like visits with old friends I'm happy to see, even if I find their stories a little repetitive and boring.

June 29, 2016 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

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