'Downton Abbey' Season 5 News: Joanne Froggatt Says Anna Has 'A Lot to Overcome'

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"Downton Abbey" actress Joanne Froggatt shared some very revealing details about what's in store for her character, Anna, on the upcoming season of the hit PBS drama.

It can be recalled that on the last season of Downton Abbey, Anna was raped by Mr. Green, Lord Gillingham's valet. The trauma of the experience caused her to recoil from her husband, Bates, as she feared that because of what happened she is now an unfit wife for him. And though she has never told anyone about who raped her, Mr. Green is killed in a car accident, which occurred during Bates' day off. Could Bates have a hand in setting up the "accident"? And will Anna and Bates be able to overcome everything that has happened?

"They start season 5 in a not so positive light," Froggatt told Vanity Fair. "Obviously they have a lot to overcome and it won't happen very quickly. And they may never get to the end. There's still this cloud hanging over them. They're trying to find the space to heal themselves and move forward with their lives."

It also appears as if Mr. Green's death will cast a shadow over their marriage.

"There's also the issue of Mr. Green's death, which keeps getting brought back up. It's difficult to escape this thing they're trying to escape. There are some moments of happiness though," said thr actress.

Froggatt was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on "Downton Abbey." The show was also nominated for Best Drama Series. Other cast members who got a nod from this year's Emmy Awards are Michelle Dockery for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Jim Carter for Supporting Actor and Paul Giamatti for Guest Actor.

"Downton Abbey" season 5 is set to premiere on Jan. 4, 2015 on PBS.