The truth behind the shocking Downton Abbey finale

By Mike

February 22, 2013 Television No comments


If you are behind on episodes of Downton Abbey, you might want to skip this article.

I repeat…SPOILERS are below. A major one. Also, if you ARE behind, put down what you are doing and catch up already!

I wish I hadn’t returned to Pop Critics after Downton aired it’s third season finale, but that’s the way things go. I would have loved to write about it all season. This is hands down one of the best shows on TV and definitely in my top five right now.

But the finale was painful. Matthew Crawley…the savior of Downton in so many ways, lies dead with blood running down his face at the very, very end of the episode.

Why Downton, why???

Well, there is a very good reason for it. Julian Fellowes, the creator of the show, wrote off the character because actor Dan Stevens wanted to move on to other projects. He asked to leave.

In an article on The Telegraph, Fellowes says:

“If he [Stevens] had been prepared to come back for maybe two or three episodes in a series, that would be different. Then we could have had a foreign posting or invented a career that would have made it possible for him to be away.
“Otherwise we would have had to make this tremendously successful love affair between Mary and Matthew unhappy, which I didn’t feel would be believable.

“For them to then separate and Matthew never set eyes on his son again would not be believable either.

“So we didn’t really have any option. By him dying, their love can remain in tact.”

The problem for me…is that it kinda takes away from the moment. Shows like Lost or The Walking Dead…they kill (or killed) off main characters all the time because that’s what they do. It’s unexpected and ensures fans never quite know what’s going on. Remember when Michael blew away Ana Lucia and Libby?? WOW, that was like…crazy.

When poor Sybil died this year…I was heartbroken of course, but loved this show for having the guts to do something like that. And THEN when I saw Crawley lying dead with a car on top of him…I again was impressed. And yes, disgusted and pained…I wanted to see this guy as a father.

But knowing they HAD to write him off like this kinda ruins it for me. Feels more needless now.

That’s show business though. I guess. And yes…already impatient for next season, although knowing this series, that could be awhile.

[The Telegraph]