Downton Abbey, 3 Special - Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) ©2012 Carnival
Downton Abbey Series 3 Special – Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) ©2012 Carnival

The Downton Abbey Series 3 Special proved an enjoyable affair. Every thing seem to be going so well with many of the characters sorting themselves out. However there was just the last few minutes…

Those of you in the UK who saw the Christmas special will know what we mean. If your waiting for PBS to show the series you may find it difficult to escape this major plot point…

Downton Abbey Series 3 Special
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Downton Abbey Series 3 Special – Press release

After three successful series and two Christmas editions of Downton Abbey, Dan Stevens decided not to renew his contract beyond the initial three years he had been contracted.

We wish him every success for the future. Michelle Dockery will be returning to her role as Lady Mary in series four which begins production in February.

Over the last three years, audiences across the world have been captivated by the ups and downs of Mary and Matthew’s relationship, culminating in their wedding.

Fans have enjoyed what has become a solid and loving marriage. It is for this reason that the Producers decided Matthew and Mary could not simply be estranged or parted, resulting in his untimely and tragic death at the end of the Christmas episode.

In the next series, alongside all the usual drama, comedy and romance involving the much loved cast of characters, viewers will see Mary adjusting to her life and attempting to move on without the man she loved.

Dan told the UK’s Daily Telegraph national newspaper “It is a very monopolising job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be.”

Dan is hoping for some interesting and changeling roles to come his way. He is currently on stage in New York, playing opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress.

Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) ©2012 Carnival

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online