In today’s Internet spoiler-y age, television masterminds must be extra careful when promoting their series. As such, the folks at Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey have perfected the art of dropping some juicy clues about upcoming episodes that are enticing yet vague enough to elude the definition of a true spoiler. As Downton Abbey gears up for its final season, however, it looks as though one of the drama’s own staffers has dropped the proverbial plot ball, by leaving behind a major final-season clue—a prop—that has since been discovered in Oxfordshire by a fan of the series.
Ahead, more details about the spoiler. If you don’t wish to know what the clue is, where it was found, and which character it relates to, click out of this page immediately! Go on!
The clue: a wedding program that was abandoned by a careless crew member inside a church in Bampton, Oxfordshire, where the period drama is filmed. According to The Telegraph, the “document revealed details of a wedding due to take place later this season, including the name of the bride and groom, and the couple’s chosen hymns, prayers and vows.” Even more surprising, the program is reportedly not for the wedding Downton Abbey fans have eagerly been awaiting—between Carson and Hughes—but between a more surprising series character and her love interest.
Specifically, Express reports that the wedding is for our dear, unlucky-in-love Edith and a man identified on the program as “Herbert.” Viewers will recall that Edith met, chatted up, and danced with one Bertie Pelham—Brancaster Castle’s land agent—toward the end of the show’s last season. The flirtation was a happy one, as it marked the fact that the middle Crawley sister was finally moving past the ill-fated Gregson. Of course Downton Abbey fans know that wedding pamphlets, a bridal gown, and other nuptial preparations haven’t necessarily resulted in marriage for Edith in the past. (Sorry girl, it’s true.) But this clue does seem like a hopeful sign that our tragedy-stricken shadow protagonist finally finds happiness.
While we would have framed the pamphlet (“Yes, we did attend Edith’s Downton Abbey wedding. It was lovely,” we would have told any guests who noticed the memento), emptied our savings account, and handed it all to whatever bookie accepts Downton Abbey plot bets, the person who discovered this evidence promptly offered it up to press. And here we are—with enough time to buy a gift off of Edith and Bertie’s Crate and Barrel registry.
Although the series’ producers did not confirm the spoiler, a source close to the show did throw this Dowager Countess–worthy shade: “It seems a bit ridiculous that all those security measures could be put in place and then someone just leaves an order of service lying around for anyone to find.”
The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premieres in the U.S. on January 3.