Downton Abbey Series 4 Episode 8 (ITV) Review

Could this finale ever have been good enough to make up for the weakest series of Downton Abbey to date? Probably not and, while this episode gave it a go, it’s odd that nothing was accomplished even with the extra half-hour running time. Just lots of chatter about pigs, Mary to making her mind up and a careful conversion of the Anna/Bates/Green storyline from the aftermath of a rape to a murder mystery.

Did Bates have Green killed? Or did he do the deed himself? At this point, does it really matter? After everything this show put us through over the last eight weeks, I wanted some sort of conclusion and that isn’t what we were given. Instead, we now have to wonder what really happened, whether Bates will be discovered, whether he and Anna can survive yet another blow and how the heck Julian Fellows thought this was a good idea at all.



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