Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2012 Review “Journey to the Highlands”

Downton Abbey returned for a Christmas 2012 special with ‘A Journey to the Highlands’, which saw the Crawleys and some of the staff decamp to Scotland to visit the MacClares — Rose, her mother Susan and father Hugh or ‘Shrimpie’ — at Duneagle Castle. This feature length episode skipped back and forth between Duneagle and Downton before ending in a massive blow to the Crawleys with Matthew’s death in an accident soon after the birth of his son.

The visit to Duneagle was quite bland. There was little in the episode that couldn’t — and hasn’t — been shown previously in Downton, albeit with an added postcard perfect Scottish air. A pregnant Mary spent the episode feeling shaken up by train and car travel and making snarky comments about Gregson, Edith’s editor and love interest who visited to meet them. Matthew took Gregson on as his Branson-esque sidekick, eventually finding out his true situation (crazy wife in the attic asylum) and dissuading him from starting a relationship with Edith. Robert and Cora hunted and lunched and, well, not much else. Read More...


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Jan 11, 2013 5:14PM EST

Mathew being dead was the only reason why i like the character of Mary and now I have to contend with poor Edith and Branson wow Christmas is ruined 2 downtown Abby.

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