Perhaps if we had responded to PBS’ darn fundraising pleas…
Lady Sybil and Cousin Matthew would still be among the living.
Maybe. Maybe not.
On Monday, the NY Times’ Arts Beat blog featured a terrifically insightful Q&A with Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes. In it, Fellowes described handling the desire of both Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil) and Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) to move on from Downton for bigger, more visible projects.
For reasons I can’t justify with facts, I was less put off by Brown Findlay’s departure than by Stevens’. Lady Sybil’s untimely demise was a gut punch, but the storyline worked and I admired the writers for not holding back. A show full of perfect happiness wouldn’t be much of a show.
But Matthew’s death by bloody car accident soon after the birth of his son and heir, realized after Stevens’ public announcement of his departure from the show, well…I haven’t been able to tease apart my feelings about the actor leaving versus the character’s demise. Check back once I have watched the season three finale a few more times.
I’m glad, though, that Mary’s baby boy arrived to secure his mother’s future as well as that of the estate. This American would not be excited to revisit that matter again.
In the Times piece, Fellowes also addressed the spoiler issues that arose as a result of having such an eventful season air in the U.S. months after it premiered in the U.K. All involved seem to agree it’s an issue to be avoided with season four if at all possible.
Are you all caught up? Did you manage to stay spoiler-free until the end?