Well “Downton” fans, last night was the highly anticipated and much heard about season three finale of the award winning British soapy drama. And what a finish! As had been reported months ago, actor Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) decided not to renew his contract with the series for the fourth season, thus leaving Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes with a decision of what to do with the character.
Fellowes chose to kill Matthew off in a car crash, that was set-up so we all would reach for the hankies! In fact, after new father, Matthew meets his newborn son, the new heir of the family, he praises his beloved Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and gushes how he falls more in love with her each day, if that is even possible!
As Matthew drive his car to tell the family of the news of the heir, he collides with another vehicle, and we see a lifeless body of Matthew as the season comes to a close. But not before one last shot of Lady Mary and her son waiting with excitement for Matthew and her family to be together to celebrate in the birth of her child! The anguish!
This season,” Downton” took us on a hankie-filled ride, killing off Lady Sybil (Jessica-Brown Findlay) who died after giving birth from eclampsia and leaving hubby Tom (Alan Leech) a widower and a single father. In the season finale, a grief-stricken and tearful Tom admitted , “I can’t bear to be without her!”
So soapers, what do you think about Matthew’s sudden death? Do you think Tom and Lady Mary might get together in season four with their two children? Reports are that casting is underway for a new love interest for Dockery’s Mary! What did you think of this season of Downton Abbey? Let us know!