'Downton Abbey' Season 3 Christmas special spoilers: Season 4 holds great uncertainty

This article is for discussion surrounding "Downton Abbey" Season 3 as a whole and, more specifically, the Christmas special that just aired in the United Kingdom. Don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled. Well. The Mary-Matthew happiness was fairly short-lived, wasn't it? It's a real shame Dan Stevens decided not to return to the show for Season 4 because it didn't leave the writers much of a choice. Re-casting the character would be weird and having him suddenly run off would also be extremely out of character. Killing Matthew off was really the only choice and the future of the show will suffer because of it. The Mary-Matthew relationship has always been so nuanced and lovely and it will leave a huge hole in the show. It also it unfortunate to have another child left without one parent so quickly on the heels of Lady Sybil's death. One wonders if the writers...



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