Downton Abbey – Is it all over for Matthew and Mary?

We all spent the first two seasons of Downton Abbey desperately hoping that Matthew and Mary would get together. He was the saviour of Downton, he’d save Mary’s fortune, but more that, despite the scandal of shagging Mr Pamook to death and then getting engaged to Sir Richard Carlisle, Mary was undeniably in love with him. The Christmas special in 2011 saw this couple finally say I love you, and a marriage quickly ensued. But, high society gals, butlers, footmen and cooks, I have bad news, rumours are that Matthew and Mary are not to last.

The latest news has revealed that Dan Stevens (aka Matthew Crawley) is LEAVING! *ready your hankies*. The actor will appear in 2012’s Christmas Special, and is likely to appear in the first episode of Season 4, but after that? No more. So far, ITV have not officially commented, and the story was sourced from a member of the production crew. I can’t see that Julian Fellows will kill him off – we’ve already had more than enough people die and I don’t know if I could take Matthew dying as well. So, it waits to be seen if Dan Stevens is really leaving, and if so, how it’ll occur. Alas, it seems that Mary is set to never be fully happy.

Downton’s back for a fourth series

This news really shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing as Downton Abbey continues to win accolades and awards all over the world. Even if Julian Fellows had the overwhelming desire to end the period drama on a high, I doubt very much that any broadcaster would leave it alone. And, certainly, now is as good a time as ever to keep the thrilling lives of high society and their employees in our minds.

Whilst season two was a bit dull – though I only realised this when season three started and the inadequacies of two were revealed – this latest Downton stint has had us overjoyed, downhearted, thrilled and spilling tears into our evening cocoa. The casting remains brilliant, the Dowager’s one liners are constantly fresh and hysterical, and the passing of poor Lady Sybil had been a blubbering wreck even on the third time of watching the episode. Whilst Thomas’ story in the last episode was a little unconvincing – as much as we love Lord Grantham, he certainly would NOT have tolerated Thomas’ indiscretions and would have almost certainly sent him packing – I could see that they didn’t want to lose the actor. Season three’s magnificence manages to overshadow this small blip, however, so the latest news of more Downton is welcome!

Downton is starting to become a traditional autumnal treat, and though we Brits have already enjoyed the season this year, we still have the Christmas special to look forward to. Wahoooo. Then, after that, we’ll have another eight episodes in autumn 2013. Yipeee.