‘Downton Abbey’ Fans Tweet Outrage Over Latest Character’s Death

Tue, January 29, 2013 3:44pm EDT by 14 Comments
Sybil Death Downton Abbey
Courtesy of PBS

Stop reading now if you haven’t seen the Jan. 27 episode of ‘Downton Abbey!’ (Also, buy a DVR!)

The TV world lost a gem of a character Jan. 27 when Downton Abbey‘s Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) died during childbirth — technically we actually lost her back when the episode originally aired last October in the U.K., but whatever — and as always, fans used social media to express their outrage.

While opinions are like Twitter handles — everybody’s got one — I decided to sift through the internet and pick out some of my personal favorite reactions.

My first selection comes from comedian Patton Oswalt, whose live tweets of Downton Abbey are among the best things on Twitter. Rather than wish the writers had decided to let Sybil live, Mr. Oswalt dreamt up a supernatural scenario in which the residents of Downton literally battle the forces of life and death to revive her.

Others chose — and still choose — to remain in complete denial that it even happened, like Nina Brown.

But humans weren’t the only ones angry about the tragedy. A parody account for the Mars Rover — is that thing still up there? — chimed in with its own analysis of the evening’s events.

And then there’s fantasy writer Meg Overman, who had the courage to say what so many of us were thinking: It should have been Edith!

How do YOU feel about Sybil’s death? Drop a comment with your take on the series’ biggest tragedy yet.

— Andy Swift

More Downton Abbey on HollywoodLife.com:

  1. ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Everyone Suffers Sybil’s Labor Pains
  2. Michelle Dockery’s Sassy SAG Awards Bob: See Her Hair Makeover
  3. ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Tom & Sybil — International Fugitives?

Leave a Reply

To comment, please fill in the fields below, enter your comment and select the Comment button.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

View Comment

Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego California

Posted at 8:58 AM on May 18, 2013  

Do LV Have LV Outlet Richmond Va

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Authentic LV Outlet in USA

Posted at 8:58 AM on May 18, 2013  

Genuine LV Online Outlet

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

LV Outlet Sacramento Ca

Posted at 8:58 AM on May 18, 2013  

Louis Vuitton Outlet Online Purses

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

MariannaNYC

Posted at 9:34 AM on February 22, 2013  

As everybody, I hated, hated, hated to see Sybill go and cried like a baby (my 10 year old strangely cried and wanted to see the entire scene “I am not scared mom..I wanna see!” when she could not even watch E.T until last month because its shape scared her! I guess she wanted to stay close oto Lady Sybil until the end!!)… I loved her from the first episode and thought she was the most beatiful of the three. Certainly the one I would have wanted to be, given the chance! However, her death also added reality to the show. Tragedies do and did happen unfortunately, and to everybody, at the least appropriate times. Giving birth was still a risk back then, for the child and for the mom. Tragedies also tend to happen in “clusters”, as Matthew’s death not too long after proves. My fear is that, if every birth keeps being paired up with a death, Lady Edith will end up adopting….which would a be fantastic turn of events, come to think of it!!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Debbie DeWall

Posted at 2:39 PM on February 12, 2013  

I find that young people are in such a hurry to “do it all”, get bored easily and may not realize what they had (Dan Stevens) with such a successful show and to “go with it” while the show was STILL POPULAR. Because we got to “know” him and learned to love him, his absence will definitely change the whole show. Hopefully, he won’t regret his decision to leave a successful show and the cast who was like family…these blessings don’t come along often enough.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Jamie

Posted at 5:07 PM on February 3, 2013  

Sybil would still be alive if Doc Martin had been in the room.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

East of Eden

Posted at 3:58 PM on February 2, 2013  

They also kill off Matthew at the end of the season – totally unnecessary.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Tammy Smith

Posted at 10:14 PM on January 31, 2013  

Yeah… You’d think in the day of internet and streaming, more people would just watch it onlnie and stay up to date when it airs in the UK. That’s what I do, and I’m in the US! People are going to hate the Christmas special. lol. But Sybil was always my favorite, so her death still hit me harder than the other…

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Debbie

Posted at 4:21 PM on January 31, 2013  

They could have written Lady Sybil out the story another way because it left me very disappointed and shocked. Things will not be the same watching the rest of the esposides. Also, they are doing a bad job with the character Branson. I can’t wait to see what they do with Branson after Lady Sybil death.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Kimmy Scott

Posted at 11:10 PM on January 30, 2013  

I live in America but I had heard about poor Sybil, yet my heart broke Sunday night. She was the most gentle, kind person in the family. Still so sad.

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

nikki

Posted at 3:51 PM on January 29, 2013  

i live in England and iv already seen the whole series, if the fans are outraged now just wait till the end of the series lol

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Andy Swift

Posted at 11:22 PM on January 29, 2013  

Right?? That one’s a killer… ;)

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

A

Posted at 3:32 AM on January 30, 2013  

I’m thinking the same thing! People aren’t going to know what hit them!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

MariannaNYC

Posted at 11:20 AM on February 22, 2013  

You are so right… I live in Germany and have no cable, but I just received the series in DVD which I bought from PBS…and am fresh from one of my favorite activities..a Downton Abbey Marathon!!! Saw 9 episodes in 2 days..after the last scene I could hardly believe it. Now I’ll have to wait another year for part IV?? Without him and – as the rumors have it – without Maggie Smith? This is as close as entertainment tragedy as it gets …….”If I was the only boy in the world…and you were the only girl….” sighhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

 Reply
Share this comment at Share with Twitter

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,705 other followers