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.
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.
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?
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.
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.