Downton Abbey Season 4 Finale Recap: Life's a Beach


The fourth season of Downton Abbey has ended on a note that seemed inconceivable when it started: a happy one.


In the first episode that aired on PBS eight weeks ago, it felt like everything at Downton was shrouded in grief and shadows: Mary was still mourning Matthew, the management of the estate was a question mark, and nannies were referring to small babies as “wicked little half-breeds.” But as we closed the Summer of 1923 chapter in the book of Downton, our story was swimming in new beginnings: coming-out parties for Rose; squabbling suitors, as well as a renewed sense of purpose, for Mary; a new lease on motherhood for Lady Edith; and even rays of actual Brighton sunshine for the entire downstairs staff, who luxuriated in their afternoon at the shore even though they were dressed for a church service held outdoors on a 45-degree day. Basically, Downton Abbey went from life’s a bitch to life’s a beach.  Read More...


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