Monday, February 18, 2013

Diana....and Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey Season 3 Finale.

Once upon a time there was a girl who lived in a castle.



She was a Lady.




She married a Prince who would one day be the King of England.

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They went to Scotland for their honeymoon.




They had a baby boy and named him William.  One day he would be King.




While the family was in Balmoral, Scotland.  Diana died in a car accident in a tunnel in Paris.


Aug. 31, 1997


This was my real Downton Abbey.  I watched Diana and Charles for seventeen years, with joy and sadness.  I bought books and magazines so I could see Diana's beautiful clothes and lovely pictures.
I was obsessed.

I stayed up most of the night and didn't leave the television for days when she died.  Family and friends called with condolences.


Imagine this morning when I realized the parallels to the story of Diana and Matthew.

It is not so very far-fetched that a beloved person, beloved parents, beloved spouse dies in a car accident.  Not really at all.

When I read that Dan Stevens wanted to leave the show and that he was killed off just moments after  becoming a father I was furious.  But since I have seen the episode and had time to think about it I do not think the show has 'jumped the shark'.  In fact, after thinking about Diana's life, the show is not really that much of a soap opera after all.  Terrible things happen.  People don't get along. We make big mistakes and little ones.  The wrong people die.  Again and again.

Jillian Fellowes (and writers) gave Dan the most beautiful send off.  They didn't have to.
His dialog was filled with love and joy last night.  It killed Katie and I since we knew what was coming.  We would look at one another each time he said something lovely and she would have a furrowed brow and I would have tears.

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Most likely Downton Abbey will be redeemed next season.  We shall see.
I think I will be watching with my heart at an arms length.

Matthew and Mary were my main reason for watching the show.
Yes. It's gonna be an adjustment.





Oh Matthew.  Darling sweet perfect Matthew.

I wonder will Fellows skip ahead a whole year.
I just wonder;

Who will run the estate well now that Matthew is gone.
Who will love Mary just as she is?

We know Carson will play with the baby.  What will they name the baby?

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What will happen to Tom/Branson? How I felt for him last night.



How I love Mrs. Hughes.

Oh! She can purse her lips like no other!

More things to think about...

Rose stirring things up at Downton Abbey.
Matthew telling Mr. Gregson he should back off.
(Which I completely and entirely agree with!)
Will we see a bride for Tom?
A baby for Bates and Anna?
(Who was so dang darling last night!)
That sad, depressing, couple in Scotland.  eek.
The maid who was even more droll than O'Brien.  Ha!
Daisy and Ivy arm and arm.  (Sweet)
Is Matthew's mother really clueless about the Dr.'s advances or was that her way to
set him straight?
Oh! Mrs. Patmore and that cheeky fellow!  Oh my.
Who knew the word 'slut' was used back then.  (shocking)


I have a feeling Mary will be bitter and mean at first. No one who sees her
like Matthew did.  (and me!)
I suspect by the end of the season we will see a handsome man come into her life.

Here is my list of acceptable actors to play the next love interest for Mary.


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They will do.

I'm trying to think of a Midwestern Cowboy type that I would approve of...
Haven't thought of one yet.


I know your hearts are broken and you are mostly shocked.
Feel free to blubber and wail in the comments.

I know to many of you.....they are real.


My sympathies,
Donna














214 comments:

  1. Beautifully written, Donna. I've been anxiously awaiting your post and I agree with everything you have said. After a night to process what happened, I feel differently than I did last night.
    I didn't know what was going to happen, so was completely blind sided by the death of Matthew....and after reading this article:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/9825452/Julian-Fellowes-Dan-Stevens-had-to-leave-Downton-because-nothing-is-harder-to-dramatise-than-happiness.html
    I completely understand what Julian Fellowes did last night.....
    Great episode, let's hope that next season is just a tad bit happier. So much sadness this season.

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    1. I read Dan's interview this morning. He is an actor who wants to do different things.
      Would a switcheroo like in Bewitched (two Darrens) have been better? I don't think so.

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    2. You are so right about the meaning to Matthew's lines in the episode last night -- and harking back to episode one (the Wedding) about his last breath. He was so lovingly written for and it was a lovely tribute to their relationship.

      I'm just sad it's ended.

      I think that Mary will be a devoted Mother and perhaps take a hand in helping with the management of Downton. But I can't see her, or Edith with Tom. And hopefully not Rose.

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    3. I'm selfish. While I admit that it is difficult to keep happiness interesting on television, I would like to have had just a bit more time to see M&M and their son form a wee family.

      Fellowes is fond of so much occurring off set (weddings, funerals, baptisms); I wonder at what point we'll be brought into the story when Season 4 debuts, hopefully down the road a bit as I wouldn't want to see Mary's reaction when learning of Matthew's death.

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    4. Show-Me Sooz11:39 AM

      I read something last week about Season 4 starting 6 months after Matthew's death.

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  2. Your Diana parallels are a perfect starting point. I was the same as you with her. I have photo albums full of clippings from their courtship and wedding, and the birth of the boys. People called to check on me when she died, too. It can still bring tears for me, and helps explain my Anglophilia in some small way.

    I have vacillated between sad and ticked all night and morning. I just can't help but wonder if Fellowes could have found some other way, knowing that Dan didn't want to reappear... But truly, what would that 'other way' have been? I don't know. Somehow, I'm more bothered by the addition of Rose (Cousin Oliver ;)) and her family tree -- it certainly sets them up for new story lines next season -- but will we care? I don't know.

    I was at a ministry thing with Anne Graham Lotz last weekend and someone asked me how I could watch DA since it was explicit with touchy relationship issues, among other things. My reply? Brokenness. All human drama stems from brokenness, grief, sin, selfishness - watching this family's story unfold is just another way to watch the consequences of brokenness and redemption. Matthew's death, now a few hours later, seems a perfect reflection of those same things. It's just life. It's people dealing with the hand they've been dealt.

    I am still very interested to see how the drama of the estate will unfold now that Matthew is gone... And of course, to see how Mary copes and how Edith continues to throw caution to the wind. Maybe Rose will grow on me. We'll see.

    No matter how we feel about Matthew's death and/or the manipulative writing, it can't be said that we're uninterested. :)

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    1. And I squealed aloud at the thought of Alan Rickman. 'Give me an occupation, Mrs. Crawley, or I shall go mad'.

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    2. I said to the tv 'someone get that woman some estrogen' about shrimpy's wife, was it susan? What a grouch!

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    3. She was horrid...and her maid... Two peas in a pod.

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    4. She does a disservice to the good name Susan ;-)

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    5. Steph when I first watched, like I said to you earlier, I was so mad I slammed and fussed around and stomped around our apartment and even said a few words that I normally would not. I was ticked, too.

      But then I moved on to just sad. I am still there.

      because, they're like real people

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    6. I agree that the running of the estate will be interesting. I was glad to hear LG tell Shrimpy (makes me snicker even to type that) that he was pleased with how Matthew's foresight put DA in a better spot.

      Loved your S&S reference in comments :) I can just see him stalking about the estate.

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    7. oh steph. col brandon is my fav.

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    8. Stink.
      It seems such a cheap way to create drama. Driving home from the hospital after the birth of his first son? Really? Not a month later?
      Who will the writers kill off next, the much loved Mrs. Hughes?
      Yes, I'm annoyed.

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    9. He was a beloved character, Matthew -- and it was sad to see him killed on the show. But it would have been just as sad a month later, whatever way it had been written.

      It's drama for sure, but not cheap in my estimation. Not at all - it comes from writing all along that makes us care about these people and so sorry to see their story end.

      I'm curious, Clayvessel - are you going to continue with the show?

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  3. I didn't see the last episode so my guess may be irrelevant but last night I floated the idea to my husband that there may be only one other soul rebel enough to understand Mary... Branson. Probably totally wrong since I'm officially out of the loop now. I think I'll go watch last night's episode today.

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    1. Nan, watch the last scene with Tom and Edith....

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    2. My husband said that too about Mary and Tom...after he said that Tom and Edith would end up together from the earlier scene. I really don't know that either match would be the best. While they've each had their histories woven together through events in the family, I think that Fellowes seems to like bringing in fresh characters from the outside to keep us on our toes. We shall (hopefully) see what direction this goes in the forthcoming season!

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    3. See comment below about Rose!

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  4. It's so sad that Dan Stevens wanted to leave, but in a way I can understand because he did get some of the worst storylines (crippled/not crippled) and dialogue. But, though he's a decent actor, so many of the other actors are better and got the better material. (My opinion, I know others think he's the best actor.) But I wanted Matthew/Mary to have more time!

    Julian Fellowes has publicly made very kind comments about Stevens and his departure. However he was also overheard (on purpose?) talking with an actress that had been written off another show. He told her something like "at least they didn't leave you bleeding in a ditch."

    Fellowes and exec producer Naeme have made comments about Mary starting fresh and there's already a casting call for a new actor to be her new love interest...but they'll see how they gel before deciding whether the actor will stay. Sigh. But Michelle Dockery has said Mary will cold shoulder men and be very protective of her son. So...we'll see.

    (Sorry, I talk too much.) --Missy

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    1. I can see Mary being closed off. She does not really need a man now.

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    2. Now that the future is conveniently secured through a male heir....

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    3. It seems like the men think Mary needs a guy (their own little fantasy or misinterpretation of women?), but I think MD is right...Mary has lost the love of her life and isn't going to jump back into romance too quickly. I hope they handle this correctly.

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    4. Janice10:29 AM

      My thoughts exactly.

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    5. ugh. the male heir. it bothers me that everyone was so pleased they had a son for this sole purpose.

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    6. Anonymous12:55 PM

      Like button Melinda, I cannot believe Mary uttered that. (yes,I can.) I understand saving Downton was important, but come on...

      Kristi in LV

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    7. And yet another Grantham Girl who gives birth and greets guests in the same dress, looking like a fashion model.

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    8. clearly the writers and costumers have never bore a child.

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  5. What's the deal with the actors playing Sybil and Matthew wanting off a show that is so hugely successful? Especially so early on?

    I'd read a spoiler just a few minutes before it aired when I was looking for the running time of the episode. I thought it was a red herring, just somebody playing a mean joke... D:

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    1. I read this morning that when they signed up, it was a three year contract. They had no idea it would become this popular.
      Dan Stevens said he does not care if he makes money or becomes more famous...He loves to act and to do interesting parts.
      He already came to the states and did a play this fall with Jessica Chastain (The Heiress). He played Morris the ladder climbing cad. Have you seen the movie? It's a good one.

      We know in the states...that characters who leave shows never really fair well in the long run...
      I hope Dan is happy. I really do.

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    2. I agree, Donna. Hopefully Stevens will have better luck with future roles on that side of the pond because it rarely seems to work here.

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  6. http://metro.co.uk/2012/12/27/itv-defends-downton-abbey-death-as-dan-stevens-speaks-out-3330514/

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  7. Clearly I have no idea what's going on but that picture of Darcy at the bottom of this post made me laugh out loud. Maybe they'd make a Downton Abbey watcher of me, too.

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    1. Anonymous11:07 AM

      The scene that Mr. Darcy's picture is from is one of my very favorites. Molly and I have often paused the DVD on his face - both when Lizzie is playing and also when she is turning the pages for Georgiana (after saving her from Miss Bingle's nasty remark). The look of love and contained joy on his face is perfection.
      Mary Z

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    2. There are a few times we joke that Mr Darcy looks like a puppy dog...this is one of them. We love him.

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    3. Anonymous11:22 AM

      *Bingley's*
      MZ

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    4. Just read Death Comes to Pemberley after seeing it on Steph's Good Reads list--brought back lots of memories of Darcy just as you have him pictured here. Love that puppy dog look. :)

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    5. Isn't that a fun read??

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    6. Julie4:18 PM

      Steph - Darcy is such a caring man; I'm glad James kept that sensitivity from P&P (as I was typing this my mind immediately went to Julie Andrews singing "must be firm, but kind" in Sound of Music). Glad I saw it on your list :)

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  8. My prediction is that Tom and cousin Rose will get together. She had the same spunk that Sybil had.

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    1. They might be a good match. Saw some comments about Edith, but I just don't see that at all. Edith seriously needs an intervention (since Matthew's words didn't have any effect on the editor or her).

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    2. I have said it repeatedly, but will say it again - please, Julian, don't put Tom and Rose together. I'm begging here.

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    3. UGH. I agree. I fear it too.

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    4. I agree, Rose would love to rebel against her mother and marry someone unsuitable and she would be a good spark to light up Tom's world again.

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  9. Anonymous9:50 AM

    Donna,
    I so enjoy your blog though I don't think I've ever commented before. And I so love the DA discussions on Monday! Unfortunately, I had accidentally read a spoiler about last night's episode, and so I knew what was coming. And like you and Katie, my husband and I would glance at each other now and then thinking, "here it comes". It's probably good that I knew ahead of time, otherwise I'd be a mess this morning. Matthew's demise is so sad, on top of the fact that we have to wait so long for the next season!

    I completely agree about Mrs. Hughes! She and Carson are a couple of my favorites. Cousin Rose seems unnecessary -- maybe she'll grow on me, though.

    I'm going to take your advice from a previous post and pass the time with other British films and television favorites!

    -- Krista W.

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    1. Krista - I was looking forward to getting started with Call the Midwife but I'm less so after last night. I'm not sure about your local PBS station, but ours had a big fat fundraising "commercial" after the DA episode finished. I certainly support public television, but am not a fan of breaking their shows into itty bitty scenes sandwiched between much longer fundraising segments. I'm not sure if last night's pitch was the beginning of their Festival time, but as I recall, that time will be soon. Since I'll be trying to get started on this new series by watching the Season 1 episodes prior to the debut of Season 2, I'm not looking forward to having that introduction to characters and storylines be so protracted. We'll see...

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      Julie,
      We had the fundraising commercial, too. I know they have to do fundraising, but I thought the timing of that was terrible! I haven't seen Call the Midwife, but thought I'd give it a try, too. They have it at Netflix, so I think I'll go that route . . .

      Krista

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      They didn't put the commercial on till the end here

      Kristi in LV

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  10. This is a beautiful post, Donna. I cannot compare to DA yet, but life, yes. And now I can order DA on Amazon!

    Don't you think these dear, dear, perfect men might be a bit too old for Mary? Surely Col. Brandon and Mr. Darcy are. Rupert might work, or what about Jonny Lee Miller? Although, I suppose it depends on how successful his Sherlock Holmes show is. I would think all sorts of actors would be interested in joining the fun.

    That picture of Diana in her wedding dress is stunning. Wow. I still remember being at my dad's house when she died. So sad.

    Happy President's Day, QLCS friends,
    Di

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    1. I suppose they are old....
      Not Rupert.
      Toby Stevens can come on the show...and work with him Mum.
      Why didn't I think of that!?

      Did you see 60 minutes last night. It was brilliant. Maggie Smith!

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    2. It was awesome!!

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    3. Just went over and watched her segment on my lunch:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50141231n

      Wonderful!

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    4. I need to watch this - thanks Julie

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    5. Col Brandon is a zillion years older than what's her name. I think that was pretty common. Charles and Di.

      A girl can dream, right? That love.

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  11. I predict that Mary will inherit and run the estate - a nod to women's lib.

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    1. Go Mary! :o)
      I'm not sure she has it in her. That would be very Scarlet O'Hara wouldn't it?

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    2. Or very Sybil. And could inherit in her son's name and maintain the lineage...

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    3. If Mary doesn't in someway run the estate for her son the show will be even more Pamuk'd than it already is! ;-) (However, that is very similar to the plot of The White Cliffs of Dover, an old Irene Dunne movie.) ^^ --Missy

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    4. Pamuk'd. Perfect.

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    5. Janice10:35 AM

      Pamuk'd, a verb....I spit out my coffee laughing!

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    6. Pamuk'd is the Huge.

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    7. Anonymous11:28 AM

      "Pamuk'd". Just the laugh I needed this morning!!!

      Mary Z

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    8. Love it...Pamuk'd! :)

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    9. Glad Pamuk'd brought some smiles and laughs. It, plus Pamuk'r, Pamuk'e, and Pamuk'ng, are some of the expressions I made up for my goofy alterego Twitter account, @L_MarysEyebrows. "Neither a Pamuk'r nor a Pamuk'e be." ^^ Missy

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    10. Wait. Are you the Lady Mary's Eyebrows that got a bunch of press early on???

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    11. Anonymous6:43 PM

      Yes, it's me.

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  12. Just home from the movies - Quartet with Maggie Smith -- awesome!!

    Donna I love the parallels with Diana - so true, so sad - tragic things happen to rich and poor and all in between.

    I haven't seen the episode since December 27, so fine details escape me about Scotland. I loved Mrs Hughes with Tom. Also Carson with Sibbie.

    But Mary without Matthew? Hard to envision. He knew and loved the real her.

    Don't get me started on Rose - Argh! She had better stay away from Tom.

    Really lovely post Donna.

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  13. Janice10:46 AM

    I didn't know that Dan was leaving but when he uttered those words you quoted I thought "uh oh". I'm glad they showed him a few times with that stone cold look in his eyes, cause I kept hoping he was only mostly dead....but they made it clear didn't they?

    I loved the scenes in Scotland and the bagpipper in the dinning hall, so funny!!

    Mary will be not have a love interest any time soon. How could she? That's why they need Rose for next season.

    Dear Mr. Fellowes, please do not put Edith and Tom together, I won't be able to take it, ugh.

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    1. LOL about Edith and Tom. How about Rose and Tom... She could transform like Mary did.

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    2. Ix-nay on the Ose-ray and Tom

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    3. Janice10:59 AM

      I'm afraid Tom is no longer bad boy enough for Rose.

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    4. whew - I hope you're right. Tom needs a good woman who will be a good mama too. I feel protective of Tom like a big sister. Not sure why :-)

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      Lol Susan: Ix-nay

      Kristi in LV

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  14. Janice10:52 AM

    Carson, pacing near Sibbie's room until she woke. Adorbs

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  15. Anonymous10:55 AM

    I had NO idea that Dan was leaving!!! But after that moving scene with the new baby, and the shot of him smiling in his car, I knew FOR SURE what was coming! UGH!

    It was a wonderful episode though. And if "Mr. Darcy" can replace him, I would be absolutely over the top excited! HA!

    I do SO hope for a happier season next time!!!!! This was just a bit too depressing for me.

    Irene

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    1. Isn't it awful knowing that the train wreck is coming!?

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    2. I have observed that whether you know or don't know what is coming, because of the skill of writing and the lovely scenes, you get caught up in the moment and then the sad events happen. I found myself caught up in the moment and quite emotional.

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    3. I agree, Susan. When I saw how happy Matthew was in his car and then the oncoming vehicle, my heart was immediately in my throat--made me want to turn away (like if I didn't see it, it couldn't be so).

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  16. Anonymous11:02 AM

    I almost couldn't handle last night's ending. I had already cried along with Branson and had just pulled myself together, and had no clue whatsoever what was coming. I so love Mary and Matthew together - and their love for one another is one of my favorite parts of the show. I kept saying no-no-no-no-no-no to the screen. I still can't believe it. I've now read about the actor wanting to leave and agree that it was a beautiful send off, but I'm still so very sad.

    Donna, I love your parallels with Diana's life. I followed her courtship, wedding and the rest of her short life so closely that my family and friends teased me about it all the time. One of the most romantic things Greg (unknowingly) ever did for me was to tell me he loved me for the first time on the day of Charles and Diana's wedding. :)
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    1. Mary, I'm pleased to know that viewers out there like you were unspoiled and didn't know what was coming. Because somebody hinted to me about Matthew, so when I watched it here 2 days after Christmas I had a good idea what was about to happen.

      The episode still left me very angry at first and then very sad, even with the semi-spoiler.

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  17. Donna, such a wonderful post. I agree all around (except as Di said, I think Brandon and Darcy are too old for Mary).

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is the fallout of the near proposal from the doctor to Matthew's mother. With Matthew's death, it would have been a neat and tidy solution for her to marry him and be off the show save for visiting her grandson on occasion, but that didn't happen. Makes me wonder what they have in store for her and how she will continue to be a presence at DA. I'd truly miss the repartee between Isobel and the Dowager.

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    1. Yes. I'd still like that whole "proposal" explained to me.
      Isabel still needs a cook. I hope they keep her.
      I think she and Mary will console each other. Mary was liking her more.

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    2. I was wondering if after Matthew's passing, that Isobel will rethink the situation with Dr. Clarkson. I would love to see them together.

      And Yes, Mary seems to really appreciate Isobel. I'm glad. She's going to need all the help she can get in her grief.

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  18. Aw. That is a very special memory Mary.

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  19. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I had not heard any spoilers at all and so my husband and I were in absolute shock when Matthew died. I was so MAD at Julian Fellowes. I thought, "How could he?" And after all those very wonderful things Matthew said to Mary at the hospital. It was the most lovely scene with the beautiful baby and the light coming through the hospital windows. It honestly helps a little to hear that the actor wanted off the series. I don't understand why, but still, it helps. What about Hugh Jackman as a love interest for Mary? He could do the British accent very well and we know he looks dashing in period clothing.
    Debbie Z.

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    1. Anonymous11:33 AM

      P.S. I loved your comparison with Diana. Brilliant that you thought of that.
      Debbie Z.

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    2. I'm a huge Hugh Jackman fan but I think he's too old for Mary too. To be honest, I'd rather see someone in the role that I don't already know; I would have a difficult time separating some of my favorite actors from previous roles that I have loved.

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    3. Anonymous9:42 PM

      You are probably right, Julie. Hugh is too old. Mary may just end up being a single mum with no man in her life but I can see her becoming somewhat bitter. I hope this isn't the way it turns out.
      Debbie Z.

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  20. Show-Me Sooz11:36 AM

    Such good points you make, Donna, about the uncertainties of life and how we must "live in the moment" and be grateful for it all.

    Like many, I knew Matthews was slated to die in the finale. I think next season I'll try to avoid spoilers, because I was on pins and needles waiting for the shoe to drop. (Mixing my metaphors, sorry ;) I was sure he was going to get shot at the hunting lodge! I cherished each word in their last scene and thought the script was very well done.

    Wasn't the scenery gorgeous. I can't imagine what the production costs are. Everyone involved in the production does a superb job. Did you notice the bright spot of color Rose made when standing at her parents' castle entrance, while everyone else was deliberately gray or black?

    I've grown as fond of the "downstairs" people as the "upstairs"--perhaps fonder. Class differences are amazingly pronounced in that society.

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    1. Same here. I was watching the shooting scenes with my fingers over my eyes.

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  21. What do you folks think of Thomas taking the fall for Jimmie? I'm kind of glad they are friends in the end.

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  22. It seemed in character. A year has gone by, Thomas still loves Jimmy and doesn't seem to be scheming...
    I thought Jimmy would lean over and kiss him but was happy he sat down to be his friend.
    For now....

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    1. agreed. I think they will just remain friends.

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    2. for now... i wonder...

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    3. Janice12:29 PM

      me too

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      I thought it was unrealistic, them being BFF's, last night. Now that I think about a year passing, Maybe. No, I still think it is unrealistic. Being assaulted, as Jimmy/James was, is hard to get over.

      Kristi in LV

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    5. Even...after he saved him from the Brute Squad.

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  23. my favorite line last night... "i wonder if he knows how much joy he brings with him..." this brought me to tears. knowing my own boys, and how much joy they have and will bring, and how my matthew thinks that also, but would never say it.

    i kept wondering the last couple episodes what it would be like to have a man in your life so free in saying his feelings... i know how much my matthew loves me. i know it when he looks at me, and when he drives to dairy queen to fulfill my pregnancy sweet tooth. i know how much he adores his son, and how excited he is to do this again. i know it when he plays with asher and rubs my tummy and always lets asher into bed with us... but i rarely hear words that say what he means, what he feels. matthew crawley was so free with his feeling in words, i doubt many men are so free with their feelings.

    here are the rest of my thoughts in no particular order...

    mary was 8 months pregnant? for the reals?... i was that big at 20 weeks. you should see me now, i am so big it's almost embarrasing.

    i now want to go to scotland. i adored the home they were in and the lush green countryside. why do i live in omaha, nebraska?

    bates and anna. so sweet. i have always wanted to take a picnic like that.

    why are they bringing rose to downton? they must have a plan for her in the script, i am afraid to see what it is.

    as much as mary irked me, i adored matthew... i appreciate him loving her in spite of her imperfections. i am sure people could say the same for my matthew and i, he is by far the better half of us. and she finally had chosen to support him over her father. i screamed when that quick shot of the cars driving toward each other came across the screen. (i am too busy these days -sleeping mostly, this working nights thing is taking some adjusting- to read gossip or spoilers and had no idea of anything coming this season). mary's life has just become my worst nightmare.

    obrien and that nasty maid... oh dear. i laughed and laughed at drunk mosely.

    carson and baby sybil... so sweet.

    thomas... his plight breaks my heart, and he is mean and nasty and terrible most of the time. but last night i was so sad for him. what a hard life for him to live. jimmy was nice to try and be his friend.

    tom branson... i never disliked him as some did. and my heart broke as he cried with mrs hughes. i loved that scene between them. he must feel so alone. i am glad they gave that maid the boot... some of the women on this show, forward hussies.

    oh edith. this story with this man reminds me of that cbs sunday morning story about the reporter whose wife has early alzheimers. as much as he loved her, she did not know who he was, and he had to move on. i am not sure what i would do if i was in this situation. how lonely. how sad. how i wish she could find someone that she can have a normal relationship with. it must be very hard to live in a time when single women are nothing, unable to even provide a life for themselves (and you know i am the anti-feminist).

    i like the idea of the dr and mrs crawley... i wonder why she did not.

    what am i missing?... i can't remember now.

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    1. ps... he acted a dead man very well. sometimes in tv and movies when people die i think... "they don't look dead. how hard can it be to act dead?"

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    2. Melinda, my hubby is not free with words, but he shows how much he loves me in everything he does for me, providing and giving me unconditional support and the gift of his time. I agree with you, a lot of men are not so free with expressing their feelings. They need a script writer like J. Fellows!

      But the old saying, actions speak louder than words, has some truth to it.

      I have found that the longer we've been married, the more I read between the lines. Also, I just plain ask Jesse about certain things - i tell him I need constant affirmation! it's true.

      I appreciate your viewpoint and share your views (except I've long been a Mary fan). Glad you were not spoiled about the end, but it must have been shocking to see it, unspoiled.

      Finally, pregnant women on television are rarely realistic. She was a waif to begin with (although tall).

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    3. Melinda - you are so right - he looked very dead. Sigh.

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    4. pps... alan rickman as colonel brandon. swoon. my favorite. i am putting the movie on right now.

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    5. Love your comments.
      Col. Brandon doesn't have to marry Mary. He can just come and walk around the grounds with her and talk to her in that deep, deep voice.

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    6. and read poetry

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    7. I never understand that poetry. They can make things out of reeds.

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    8. doesn't matter if it makes sense. He sounds so good reading it ;-)

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    9. Janice1:30 PM

      amen

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    10. I'm pregnant and huge too, and I thought the same thing about Mary! I didn't know what was coming either, and like you said, worst nightmare. I kind of hope they skip several months or more before next season starts, because I can't imagine post partum hormones, that level of grief, and Mary's general meanness (with everyone but Matthew and her dad, of course).

      This show was devastating this season - but maybe it's just my own hormones!

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  24. Anonymous12:17 PM

    i so appreciate your wisdom. i knew he would get killed off because he wanted to leave, but you are so right, tragic things happen everyday. life is filled with tremendous joy and tremendous sorrow. i also love that you were as obsessed with Diana as I was - only my friends and family thought i was insane. :o)

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  25. I dont watch the show Donna. BUT I made Fireman watch THE QUEEN last week. SUch a great movie....
    So many great Diana scenes in the beginning. GOSH she was BEAUTIFUL!!!

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    1. I just watched The Queen for the first time about 2 weeks ago. LOVED it. Also loved the scenes in Scotland. Yes - Diana was special, and beautiful.

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    2. I watched the Queen. Liked it better than I thought I would.
      I can't remember, did they use real footage?
      I hate when they use fake footage.
      One of those actresses I get mixed up with Michelle Williams, Seinna Miller....
      Is playing Diana in an upcoming movie. I HATE even seeing the pictures.

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    3. They used real footage. It was very well done, all the way around.

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    4. Naomi watts. And I get them all screwed up too.

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    5. That's her. I have a blog post all set to go about how I can't tell the three of them apart!

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  26. Lovely re-cap and parallel to Princess Diana.

    One thing no one has mentioned...I think O'Brien may be heading to India with Shrimpy & the Grump. Remember the scene where she tells Grumpy's (Susan?) maid that she no longer has to worry about her feelings or some such, and then she goes over to whisper with Shrimpy's wife? The maid had tried to intoxicate her and only succeeded in lightening up Moseley. :-) She had already told the other maid she thought traveling would be wonderful....

    Hmmm...will Mrs. O'Brien being leaving the Downton household?

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    1. I actually thought they were hinting that way too.
      I think Downton needs to take a road trip.

      India. Yes. I would love to see them all in India.
      But they better invite Tom. Geez.

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    3. poor tom. oh, obrien in india... now that would be interesting. would they still make them wear long black dresses? that would be so hot.

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  27. Alan Rickman.... Oh my <3

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  28. Janice12:38 PM

    Sidekick, I thought the same thing about O'brien. One can hope. She needs to go away, far, far away. I have never forgiven her the soap.

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  29. I was just able to watch DT this morning. Most of it I loved or liked or was enthralled as watching but when I saw Matthew heading home in that convertible so happy I knew life as we know it was over and that any minute whatever was going to happen was going to happen, obviously some sort of accident. I was immediately SAD. I loved his love scenes and words with Mary the entire night, especially when he said "I have seen you naked and I have held you and I know you"! Just divine! I loved his mother and the doctor and their whole interchange. Ms. Hughes, love her to death and her scene with Branson was precious. I like the fact that Thomas and Jimmy are friends, why not. Glad they axed that Edna girl...she was gonna be trouble. I do hope Branson finds happiness and yes, Rose would be a better choice than Mary or Edith for sure! Oh my and when Bates looked and commented on Anna dancing...it was magic.
    I watched the "Dowager" Maggie Smith last night on 60 minutes...she was phenomenal...I hope to be that alive and feisty when I'm her age!
    So count me in for season 4 and I can hardly wait.

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    1. I agree with everything except for Rose. Not liking that whole concept.

      But all the rest I say a hearty amen to.

      I saw Maggie Smith in Quartet today and loved her. She is amazing.

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    2. I forgot to say my other favorite quote of the night was by the uncle regarding Rose learning about love inside families..."Love is like riding. If you don't learn it young, it's hard to get the trick of it"!

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    3. Thank you for having such a great memory with the lines Robin. I love hearing them again.

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    4. I was able this afternoon to download this episode to my Kindle - looking forward to watching it again. PBS.org wouldn't work over here. I love hearing all the good quotes again.

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    5. Anonymous1:23 PM

      Yesssss..." and like speaking French." So telling of that family. What a horrible existence.

      Kristi in LV

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  30. Without O'Brien and her menacing bangs, who would we love to hate?

    You are right though, Janice, I have never forgiven her for the soap. She did have a change of heart (looking in the mirror, "Sarah O'Brien, this is not who you are" is what she said) - but too late.

    And it came back to bite her in the arse.

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    1. It did not change her tho. She felt guilty. But she continuted to be horrid and coniving.
      She was not redeemed. Still bad news.

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    2. You are exactly right. The German word is Stimt. Exactly the point. no redemption.

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      Menacing Bangs.

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      Agree O'B is awful, but perhaps she never learned to love when she was young....

      Mary Z

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    5. Bangs of Malice.

      Watch out.

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  31. Anonymous1:07 PM

    I tried to explai to the fella why Alan Rickman is so appealing to women(including myself). He didn't understand.
    Didn't watch Downton as knew what was going to happen and it was on a bit late. Will watch it today.

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  32. Donna,
    Your post today is amazing.
    I spent the whole episode in anticipation..... at any moment I expected it to happen. It was a beautiful show. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
    Mary. I don't know if anyone will truly see her as Matthew did. I think she will not be very likable next season.
    Jimmy. Bless you for your kindness. Thomas needed that. I do hope he begins to like himself a bit more now.
    Mrs. Hughes. I do love you so!
    Branson. Oh, my heart breaks for all you are going through.
    Edith and her editor. This story line is heartbreaking.
    Rose..... ugh
    That's all for now....

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  33. No words - just :(

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  34. Anonymous1:47 PM

    I also new, by accident, that Matthew was gonna die.

    Can you imagine, not knowing the spoiler and seeing it with fresh eyes on Christmas Night in the UK??? Since this was the Christmas Special??? WOW!

    I read an interview with Dan Stevens earlier this month, he had talked about the awfulness that was season 2. How it was hard to act the scene when he miraculously rose from the wheelchair, because it was so ridiculous, that it was even harder for the actors around him to do the scene. The shock and awe of it all. It seemed as if that was the time he made the decision to leave the show. He was also kind of tired of period dramas. He also mentioned how much better season 3's writing was but had already made up his mind.

    It also seemed, the way the writing went, that Fellows was holding out hope that Dan would change his mind at the last minute.

    On to rest of last night. I loved seeing Daisy making friends with the kitchen maid. (having a hard time with names this morning.)

    Are they setting up for Daisy and Obrien's nephew to take over the farm? (name again?) When he said he needs to work with food.

    Mrs. Patmore sooooo relieved that that man was a creep. loved this scene.

    Anna learning the dance for her husband...wonderful. That Anna has been NOWHERE. Not even to Scotland, ever. That would be like me, born and raised in Las Vegas and never making it the 4 hours to the beach in CA. Gives real insight to the different classes.

    Edith is making a dumb choice.

    Tom and Mrs. Hughes were brilliant, So glad we had so much Mrs Hughes this season.

    Uggh, the downstairs at the other house. Made Mr. Carson look jolly! The insult to Anna...

    I LOVED the Scottish castle. The rifles on the wall, beautiful. The hunting scout. I thought he was great.

    I think that's all. It is enough anyway...

    Kristi in LV

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      Kristi - yes, maybe Alfred and Daisy to run the father-in-law's tenancy. He has spoken before about his love of cooking and it seems that last night's reference brings that back in a way that signals something for him in that area in the future. Hmmmm.

      Loved your comment about Shrimpy's downstairs staff making Carson look jolly :)

      Didn't care for the firearms decor as you did--guns everywhere (two displays on the wall to the left and another on the wall to the right in the foyer. Artfully arranged, but ugh, too much in my opinion!

      Methinks it's a good thing DA is between seasons now. I seem to spend every moment between tasks at work going through the comments here on Mondays ;)

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  35. Anonymous2:26 PM

    I, too, think Colonel Brandon is swoon-worthy. But if Alan Rickman joined the cast, and he and Maggie Smith were in scenes together, what if they started talking about Hogwarts?? ;)

    Mary Z

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  36. Mary,

    LOVE this
    :-)

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  37. If you chopped off the last minute, it was one of my favorite episodes.

    The ugly animosity between Shrimpie and Susan (I had some bad moments watching that. Susan was so ugly in her tirades. I wondered — really, I did — 'is that what I look like when I have the screaming meeemies?' Oh. badbadbad) It is SO uncomfortable to be around warring spouses.

    and

    the hilarity of Molesley flinging himself. "They say there's a wild man inside all of us." "Yes, if only it'd stay inside."

    Oh, wasn't Scotland gorgeous? I want to go back. The inside of Duneagle was so much like Blair Castle near where we stayed. For a minute I thought it was filmed there. And the hunting scenes seduced my husband back to the screen. The man who last week said, "I'm done with Downton."

    Branson is almost completely transformed...he's been gentrified. I like him.

    Matthew shone. (pronounced shawn, I love that.) He was so good with Rose last week, and I thought he was spot on with Gregson. Except for telling him to have a proper goodbye. He's been decent with Edith.

    Mrs. Hughes. MVP. That scene with Tom. Oh. my. And Mrs. Patmore. And she's Scottish. It must've been hard for her to see the family go to Scotland and stay at Downton.

    It's fun to read all the comments. I have guests for dinner tonight. I think I am going to have to turn the computer off so I'm not tempted to read on and on.

    Thanks, Donna.

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  38. also... i tried to watch the call the midwife christmas episode i missed online, and they took it down already. where can i watch it? boo.

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  39. I have not watched this series, but hope they skip Charles & go straight to William. Charles married a divorcee...so hopefully that will make him ineligible. Who knows if willie is up to the job tho either?

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  40. I kept thinking Matthew would be shot while they were hunting in Scotland. I just knew something awful was going to happen, but I really wasn't ready for what happened. So graphic too. Alan Rickman would be a great suitor for Mary, but isn't he a little old for her? Colin Firth. Um, no, I still see him as Mr. Darcy and could not see him in that part. There has to be a good looking Brit to play Mary's new love interest. We will see, won't we? Can't wait for next season.

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  41. Remember when Matthew and mary brought that car home from their honeymoon? We should have known.

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  42. Paula, I am most certain the crown will go to Charles.

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  43. Steph. My father brought home a very special, prized car one day.
    It was their demise.
    (Corvette)

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  44. I am thinking about the scene with Mrs. Hughes and Tom.
    When she was first speaking to him she was standing and he was sitting.

    In my heart, I was begging her to touch him. On the shoulder, somewhere, somehow. I was very happy when she sat down and held his hands.

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      Do you think Carson would have been as upset with her sitting on the furniture across from Tom as he was with Alfred and Jimmy earlier? I think not. I am a big fan of hers.

      It frustrates me that I can't comment from my iPad without using Opera as my browser...grrrr.

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    2. I love this scene too. O the power of the human touch.

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  45. Thank you, Donna. I AM comforted. More later. :)

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  46. I am late to this sad party. I had to stay away from blogs today until I could find a moment to watch last night's episode. I knew something foreboding was going to happen, but had no clue exactly what it would be. I'm extremely sad. When I saw Matthew in the car I knew what it would be. I'm like you. I'll be guarding my heart a little more next season.

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  47. Hi Southern Gal, good to see you. It's wise to guard your heart.

    We'll see what unfolds next season, and maybe we will all trust our affections with the writers just a little bit -- but I'm guessing they'll have to spend some time earning that trust.


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  48. I must say how much I am loving Carson. Such a likeable character, even if he is a stuffed shirt! He just makes me giggle every episode. He would be unbearable as a relation in some ways, but I find his character endearing because he clearly cares about his employers and because of his astonishment at the lack of decorum in his staff.
    On a different note, we learned that the staff does recieve wages apart from oom and board (someone asked about ghat a few weeks ago).
    I love that the Scottish cousin was called Shrimpy. His wife is crazy-town, so overbearing; wonder what's up with that but I was so pleased Old lady Grantham stood up for her niece.
    Something about Bates and Anna just seems off to me. Chemistry? They seem like good friends, not really lovers so much.
    Edith is headed down a slippery slope...yikes.
    Thomas looked so much more attractive, all beat down with tousled hair and no stinking cig in his hand!
    I almost predict that I'll come to prefer Edith to Mary. Edith, with her horrible taste in men, has been likeable of late, and I'm afraid Mary will be very bitter.
    Absolutely loved O'Brien's arch rivalry with the other maid.

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  49. The word "slut" goes way back, even Chaucer used it, so it goes back to at least the 14th century. It shocked me too. Seems like such a modern word. There is a blog post by someone who took every line and checked it for historical accuracy.

    http://sappingattention.blogspot.ca/2012/02/making-downton-more-traditional.html

    I was shocked and saddened to see Matthew killed off. My husband ran in from the next room when he heard me yell NOOOOOOO!! at the TV. However, good movies like good books are driven by conflict or tension, and these two characters were just getting too cosy and happy. It's like Pam and Jim in The Office. Now that they're happily married parents, we're bored. No conflict, no tension...who wants to watch that? So while I'm sad to see Matthew gone, and I didn't actually wish him (his character) dead, I get why they did it. There were so many hints in this episode that Matthew was the only one who could see the good in Mary that I'm predicting she is going to go back to the way she was in Season One and be much more wild, cranky and out of control.

    As for Princess Diana, I had a chance to meet her (and Prince Charles)one of those singular moments in one's life. It was a private BBQ in Ottawa, when I worked for our Prime Minister's principal secretary. It was June 21st, 1983, Prince William's first birthday. He, unfortunately, was back in London instead of with his mother, while Diana toured Canada. Truly she was the saddest woman I have ever seen. I was gutted when I heard about the car accident that claimed her life, and numb for days while I watched the coverage. I remember it like it was yesterday.

    Pam, in Montreal

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    1. Thanks for sharing about meeting Prince Charles and Princess Diana. That must have been amazing. Sad that she wasn't with her little son, I'm sure that contributed greatly to her sadness at that particular time.

      I agree with your phase "gutted" -- that's a very useful term and really applied to those days sitting by the television reliving Diana's life and watching all the sad events of her death and funeral.

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    2. Aw. I have the book from that tour. I will go look at the outfit she wore to your function.
      I'm sorry she was so sad.

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    3. I have that book too! And I bought a hat, just for the occasion. I took a few photos, but gave those copies to my friend who accompanied me. I still have the negatives though. Somewhere.

      She was sad about her marriage I'm sure, sad about not being with her firstborn on his first birthday, sad about all of it. Poor lost lamb...

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    4. She was lost. Not made of the tough stuff that the Windsors are made of.
      I think her psyche was too fragile to take the whole thing...and so young.

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  50. PS I love that Shrimpy's wife is played by the actress who was Cordelia in Brideshead Revisited. I think they're going to do more with her next year. I think she's hiding some great secret that explains her bitterness. And I hope we see more of that Scottish home before it's sold!

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  51. She also played the very mean sister to Ann in Persuasion (the version with Amanda Root) - she played the role of the awful sister perfectly, IMHO

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    1. The sister who is always sick....but hungry? ha.

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    2. Not that one, although she is hilarious!

      The other sister who goes to Bath and preens around with vain father and companion (Mrs. Somebody).


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    3. P.S. I'm sitting here waiting for my laundry to be done, and watching Season One, Episode One. Oh my Mary is so nasty at the beginning. Edith too. I think the war made them both nicer.

      Since I'm sitting here next to my laptop, had to pop in her to see if there was anything new :-)

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  52. It's Tuesday morning. I'm not mad anymore. I'm just sad. If anyone had told me I'd be going through the classic stages of grief for a stinking TV character, I'd have decked 'em. :) I usually rewatch the episodes on Wednesday while I fold laundry. I'm not sure I'm ready yet. Sheesh.

    Part of it - in the best possible way! - is the way that you, Donna, have let us all share and process and BOND over this show. The QLCS has reached new heights this winter with this sweet processing place. Thank you!!

    I MUST get my work done now. Sigh. I'd rather stay here and be sad in pleasant company!

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  53. Aw. Chin up Buttercup.

    I love you all for coming here and being part of this sweet place.
    (the comments)

    I haven't rewatched yet either.

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  54. I started re-watching the Highlands episode last night on my Kindle - and fell asleep! Finished this morning and could barely bring myself to watch Matthew. Donna you are so right - each word he and Mary said to each other was rich in meaning. Not as many clever lines this time around, but oh my what a huge episode it was. I have a quiet day at home today and I'm rewatching Season One while doing haus frau stuff. Pamuk just came on the scene.

    yikes!

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  55. I really want to watch the show so I can comment intelligently here. I am going to see if I can get it for my Mom. She lived Diana too. Not as much as you I don't think, but very much.

    I am sorry for your loss.

    I am thankful for you.

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  56. I am trying to get some schoolwork done with my daughter, but I just wanted to say I've been about to keel over to get here to read...I just watched with my husband last night. I knew something sad was going to happen and through the whole show I was playing out various scenes in my head - who was it going to be?! I also had heard that he might not renew his contract, but I found it very hard to believe they would kill off two beloved characters in one season! I didn't want to believe it would be him. I'll have to be back with more thoughts, but I love what you wrote above. It's so true. Bad things happen. Life is not such that we are (as the Countess said) guaranteed our just desserts. Love watching the show, and love watching it with you and those who comment here. :) (smiling with a tear in my eye)

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  57. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Just stopped by to check on any new comments. I was thinking about the scene where the family left for Scotland and Mrs. Crawley followed the train down the tracks and Matthew blew her kiss from the window (at least that's how I remember it). It seemed very sweet and I fleetingly thought of how close they were. In retrospect, it's great that he did that as that was their actual last interaction. And, I know, I know...he's not really dead...or her son, but still - so sweet. Mary Z

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    1. Hi Mary, I am awake at 1:15 a.m. thanks to my doggy - argh.

      Just typed a reply to this post, and my computer ate it. 2nd attempt:

      I rewatched this episode yesterday a.m. (Tuesday) and also noticed how Matthew said goodbye to his Mom at the train tracks, this sweet moment and it stood out to me too.

      That why I enjoy re-watching -- this show has so many layers and each time I see something new or special.

      OK hopefully going to be able to go back to sleep. :-/

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  58. Anonymous7:01 PM

    I forgot about when Mary talked of scratching Matthew's car... and hugs to you Donna, for your parents.

    Kristi in LV

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  59. 191 comments, Donna! You are Ms. Blogger extraordinaire! :-) I'm still angry (just left a post on "Mary will be fine" 5 minutes ago), but this post was a bit of a salve. And my comment about senseless and too soon; I'm preaching to the choir... My heart aches that you lost your beloved parents as a child. {sigh}
    It's on the wrong post... but I usually take salad - a maindish type of salad with plenty of protein in it. And rolls. (There's usually someone taking lasagna the same night!) I hope they don't think it's icky.

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    1. Is there corn in it? hehe

      I'm glad this post made you feel a little better Pam.
      I'm sorry about your cousin. Really. That must have made this show ending terrible.
      I think knowing about it ahead of time...made it easier for me. I was pretty ticked when I first read about Matthew's death. Like I said...I was all set to write the 'jump the shark' post....
      but when I thought of Diana...it's just not that rare is it?

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  60. I am not sure if anyone mentioned this...but what about Patrick? He came back for a couple episodes in season 2 and then left. And I think he was supposed to be Mary's originally planned husband? Will he come back and fill in that role?

    As far as I can recall (and I definitely could be wrong), that storyline just sort of faded away, but never resolved. It just seems odd for it never to resurface again.

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  61. I always had the impression he was NOT Patrick, just a person who took on his identity? I might be remembering incorrectly. I am re-watching Season One right now, maybe I'll soldier on (pardon the pun) and watch Season 2 as well.

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  62. Almost to 200. :)

    My absolute favorite moment of the episode was when Carson had baby Sybil and told Mrs Hughes "I remember holding her mother just like this.". Tears came to my eyes as I thought of the sweet reality of life which passes so quickly. Though fictional, the family and servants at DA represent a time when stability was more the norm and one could live one's entire life in one place surrounded by multiple generations of a family. Mr Carson's life changes so little from day to day, year to year, decade to decade and he LIKES it that way. The older I get, the more I appreciate that kind of stability. :)

    I DO think Mrs. Crawley knew what the doctor intended and headed him off at the pass to spare them both the embarrassment of a proposal she would not accept. I'm anxious to see how she handles Matthew's death, but I anticipate it will b with quiet strength. Will the Dowager even show kindness to her grieving nemesis?

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    1. After re-watching the scene, it's even better. Carson says "I was just thinking of Lady Sybil when she was this age."
      Mrs. Hughes replied, "All we can do now is cherish her bairn."
      Carson straightened up and said, characteristically, " Well, there's no need to get sentimental.". Hahaha.

      Such a wonderful show! I realized yesterday the last show where I felt so invested in the characters was Gilmore Girls. A completely different kind of show, of course, but equally good in character development, writing, directing, and acting.

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    2. Thank you for explaining Mrs Crawley and the doc. It took nearly 200 comments to get my question answered. I think you are right. I had a feeling that is what was going on.

      Now I have to look up bairn.

      :o)

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    3. O I loved the Gilmore Girls - witty banter, fun characters and lots of coffee :-)

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