Downton Abbey Finale Recap: Christmas Miracles

As the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, 1919, our beloved Dowager Countess takes a break from her eye-rolling long enough to share, "When I think what the last ten years has brought, God knows what we're in for now." She means historically, but this is an apt thesis for most of Downton's second season, an overly-sudsy, possibly-shark-jumping undertaking that leaves us wondering what on earth is possibly left for these characters to do in Season Three. By the numbers, this season has included one (1) World War, three (3) ill-advised marriages, two (2) funerals, four (4) illicit makeouts, one (1) unwanted sex scene, one (1) unwanted baby, one (1) amnesiac burn victim, one (1) murder trial and one (1) reverse-paralysis with bonus reverse-impotence. It was, generally, nuts. And amid the crazy ex-wives and Canadian cousins, with giant reveals happening every ten minutes, one particular plotline--the most crucial plotline--received almost no attention at all. The last five minutes of this Christmas Special (as it was aired in the UK) finally fixed that problem, allowing us to add one (1) perfect moonlit proposal to the above tally. Read More...


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