Are You Freaking Kidding Me "Downton Abbey"? [Spoilers]
By Morgan Shanahan on February 18, 2013
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There are going to be season three spoilers in this wild rant about what Julian Fellowes and his sadistic creative team have put us through.
So don't read any further if you haven't watched last night's Downton Abbey US season three finale.
Seriously...there are going to be spoilers.
Image courtesy of PBS
Are they gone? Okay good.
ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME DOWNTON ABBEY?!!?
It hasn't even been two episodes since Lady Sybil met her untimely end and you're killing off Matthew too?!!
Look...I know that both Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Stevens (Sybil and Matthew respectively) opted not to renew their contracts beyond season three and didn't want to return as guest stars. I know that. As twitter lit up with Matthews fate, there were those quick to jump to [show creator] Julian Fellowes defense, and while I appreciate their valor...
@the818 I know. The actual guy left the show, didn't renew his contract, so it wasn't their fault.— Maggie May Ethridge (@fluxcapacitor74) February 18, 2013
But you know what Downton defenders? I don't care. Actors contracts don't write the show and I am just mouth agape that we are having birth-of-child-death-of-parent de-ja-vu two episodes apart in what until now has been a well crafted and epic drama worthy of bearing the Masterpiece name. Seriously Fellowes?! Matthew drives smiling through the sunshine while Robert muses about the family's good fortune of two healthy heirs; intercut Mary with the baby and then SMASH!? C'MON. YOU'RE BETTER THAN THAT.
I know I'm not alone in my rage. Twitter feels me.
Oh, for Shrimpy's sake. #downtonpbs— Asha Dornfest (@parenthacks) February 18, 2013
Downton guts me...then PBS asks for money. Is this like the bargaining with God phase? If I give you money WILL YOU FIX IT?! #DowntonPBS— Minky- Belle Reve (@aBelleReve) February 18, 2013
If you think the American outrage at #downtonpbs is something, remember this aired in the UK on Christmas.— Micheline Maynard (@MickiMaynard) February 18, 2013
I'm glad I have Twitter for group therapy. #DowntonPBS— Lisa Butler (@elembee_) February 18, 2013
What did you think of Matthew's sudden departure? Will you be returning for the inevitable agony of season four next year?
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