'Downton Abbey' producers compare body count to 'Game of Thrones' and 'Six Feet Under'

As Emmy balloting opens, the cast and producers of "Downton Abbey," participated in a panel discussion Monday (June 10) at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles. While creator Julian Fellowes was careful to keep a tight lid on Season 4 details, one topic that received a lot of attention is the death count of Season 3 The show's executive producer Gareth Neame offers a comparison to HBO's shocking "Red Wedding" in Season 3, episode 9. "We didn't execute Robert Grantham at the end of the season," Neame says. "So other shows have the edge on us." Fellowes points out that it is standard in England for actors to sign on to a series for no more than three years at a time, and some actors simply choose not to extend. Referring to the departures of Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) and now Siobhan Finneran (O'Brien), Fellowes explains, "When...


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