The BEST episodes of Downton Abbey season 2

Every episode of Downton Abbey season 2, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Downton Abbey season 2!

Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

Last Updated: 2/22/2024Network: ITV1Status: Ended
Episode 8
2840 votes

#1 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/6/2011

With the wedding approaching there is excitement in the air, but will Branson's plans rattle everyone? A decisive Anna forces Bates to think about their future.

Directors: James Strong
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Episode 5
2694 votes

#2 - Episode 5

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/16/2011

Robert receives some shocking news from the front. Daisy's relationship with William moves faster than she would like. Vera threatens to expose old secrets.

Directors: Brian Kelly
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Episode 4
2964 votes

#3 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/9/2011

Tensions flare between Isobel and Cora. Ethel's flirtation with Major Bryant lands her in hot water. There is worrying news about Matthew. Branson declares his feelings for Sybil.

Directors: Brian Kelly
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Episode 1
3068 votes

#4 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/18/2011

The Great War unsettles life at Downton and surprising news about Matthew rocks the family. New maid Ethel irritates O'Brien - and Bates returns with devastating news for Anna.

Directors: Ashley Pearace
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Episode 7
2720 votes

#5 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/30/2011

How long can Sybil and Branson keep their secret? Carlisle puts Anna in a difficult position, Bates is left reeling from the news about Vera, and Thomas embarks on a new scheme.

Directors: James Strong
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Episode 6
2960 votes

#6 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/23/2011

Carlisle threatens to ruin Mary if she jilts him. A major comes to stay - but is he really who he claims to be? Bates learns that Vera has succeeded in scuppering the divorce.

Directors: Andy Goddard
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Episode 2
3124 votes

#7 - Episode 2

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/25/2011

Carson is finding it tough maintaining standards in the house, and the suicide of a young officer prompts Isobel to suggest converting Downton Abbey into a convalescent hospital.

Directors: Ashley Pearce
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Episode 3
2867 votes

#8 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/2/2011

After Downton is turned into a convalescent home for wounded officers, Matthew brings a general to visit, but Branson has a surprise in store. And is Lavinia hiding something?

Directors: Andy Goddard
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