‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Means Mary Crawley Will Rule Downton Abbey

Mon, February 18, 2013 2:32pm EDT by 35 Comments
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ladylavinia1932

Posted at 1:37 PM on February 12, 2014  

You know, I never really liked Lady Mary. But she was tolerable around Matthew, who was a big favorite of mine. And now . . . it’s just not the same.

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Terry

Posted at 1:48 PM on March 21, 2013  

I know Dan Stevens left to persue other roles, but I would have preferred a nice, juicy divorce scandal with continuous chemistry between Matthew and Mary, than have Matthew killed off. A divorcee with a nice settlement from a generous hubby would still have brought suitors to make it interesting.

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Josephine

Posted at 11:21 AM on March 4, 2013  

They should have contracted Dan stevens for 6 seasons minimum like in America. Think Hugh Laurie in House. And given the worldwide popularity of the show they should have coordinated the release. Season 3 was ruined by a sense of futility because in Singapore we knew Matthew was going to die at the end of it.Mary being Queen Bee I’d a poor substitute for one of the best loved tv romances in a while. I’mggoing to stop watching.

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myst

Posted at 12:20 AM on March 4, 2013  

Replace don’t Kill… is the theme that JF needs to learn. He needs to listen to what is customers, that is us the viewers, want …

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myst

Posted at 12:19 AM on March 4, 2013  

I would rather have mathew back then worry about how Mary will be able to rule Downton.

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Carol

Posted at 11:07 PM on February 28, 2013  

I’m done with the show. Matthew and Mary were the romance that kept you coming back for more. Why not keep the character and replace the actor? If it’s over for Lady Sybil and Matthew then it’s over for me.

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Teresa

Posted at 1:00 PM on February 22, 2013  

I was completely taken by surprise by Matthew’s demise! Does this writer have a problem with children growing up with both parents? It just seemed “cheap” to kill off two prime characters in the same season. But, now that I am over the shock, I will continue to watch the show….I’m just not happy with it right now…

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Simona Padgett Winslow

Posted at 3:50 PM on February 23, 2013  

The actress who played Lady Sybil left the show to go do other things. The actor who played Mathew left the show to go do other projects. It is not like the writers wrote him off the show. He wanted to leave the show not the other way around. I can’t wait for Season 4 to come out so we can see how the story unfolds.

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Jenny

Posted at 11:55 PM on June 5, 2013  

It wasn’t the writer’s choice. The actress who played Sybill and the actor who played Matthew wanted to move on.

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Sue

Posted at 10:48 AM on February 22, 2013  

I have not enjoyed a show so much since ER.

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Rachel Wells

Posted at 8:40 PM on February 21, 2013  

I believe it is now 1923? In 1925 the laws change, so Mary would therefore inherit at that time..what will probably happen is that Mary will be executor of Matthew’s estate..Remember Matthew ‘invested’ he did not “buy” Downton. It is clear that Mary will be wielding power for a very long time. How Robert reacts is the key to me..his mourning will be deep and Tom..wow..Regardless Mary will eventually inherit it all in a few years..Baby is set for life..and will no doubt be Earl of Grantham — good times ahead!

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Sue

Posted at 10:45 AM on February 22, 2013  

Rachel,All I can say is YEY!!!!

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Coleen

Posted at 9:27 AM on February 19, 2013  

It’s “altar,” not “alter” you nitwit!

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Sue

Posted at 10:46 AM on February 22, 2013  

Coleen,no need to be so mean.

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Simona Padgett Winslow

Posted at 3:43 PM on February 23, 2013  

Really do you have to be so rude? Be nice and show some respect. Kids do read these comments. Where do you think kids learn to call each other names.

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drush76

Posted at 1:09 AM on February 19, 2013  

You do realize that Mary will never inherit Downton Abbey. Her only chance of running the estate will depend on Lord Grantham biting the dust before hers and Matthew’s son come of age.

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Roxie

Posted at 7:13 PM on February 18, 2013  

I juist knew something was going to hapen , he was driving that car way too fast and was watching the road. I did not think that they would kill him after the death of sybill. However, this does put a nice spin on things for mary. She will now be back where she should have been. I can see her and her father butt heads, he will see his chance to take over. In his mind women should never be in charge. I love this show, I hate that they have such a short season.

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Sue

Posted at 2:55 PM on February 19, 2013  

It’s a lot of work.to put the show together.

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shebysheray

Posted at 5:27 PM on February 18, 2013  

love this show can’t wait for the next season. Lady Edith will she ever find true love?

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Marlene oshesk

Posted at 3:57 PM on February 18, 2013  

How can lady Mary inherit???? Doesn’t everything go to Hanson with her as caretaker???

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Sue

Posted at 2:56 PM on February 19, 2013  

Hanson?

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PBS Viewer

Posted at 3:37 PM on February 18, 2013  

How about Lady Mary hooking up with Tom Branson?
Each is a young widow/widower with a very young child, each without a respective mother & father.
Keep it in the family, I say.

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Sue

Posted at 2:58 PM on February 19, 2013  

He can’t handle Mary.

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Isabella

Posted at 8:15 PM on October 30, 2013  

Tom + Mary = I hope!!!! Love the family

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Mary

Posted at 3:33 PM on February 18, 2013  

I feel sorry that they killed off Matthew. He was wonderful to look at and an excellent actor to boot. Wondering what “small procedure” could have rendered Lady Mary fertile. I think the whole last episode was wrtten poorly. I also wonder why men are not responsible for taking the help down the garden path. Poor maids get the boot while the men just go on. Was it Ethyl who got in the family way during the time Downtown was a rehab hospital? If he was truly worth his salt, Robert would have made the officer do right by the girl. And what about Thomas? He has always been a deceitful cad. Now because he is out of the closet, he’s nice and caring. Yikes!
I just hope they don’t bring Matthew back as a zombie or something. Or, we could see Mary making whoopie with Tom. He has a nice body.

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Jenny

Posted at 11:57 PM on June 5, 2013  

Robert had no right to make the officer do right by the girl. He was the son of another lord and lady, and had no societal obligation to take care of a child born out of wedlock.

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Marthafied

Posted at 3:06 PM on February 18, 2013  

I was so shocked they killed off another major character!!

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Sue

Posted at 3:00 PM on February 19, 2013  

He did not renew his contract on to bigger and better things more money.He is very handsome he wil be a big star.

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Mike Henigan

Posted at 2:43 PM on February 18, 2013  

For the record, the maids name is Edith, NOT Edna!

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Michelle Witt

Posted at 3:19 PM on February 18, 2013  

Well, no. Edith is Lord Grantham’s daughter. Ethel is the former housemaid turned prostitute turned cook/housekeeper for Mrs. Crawley, Matthew’s mother. Edna is the housemaid who had the hots for Tom Branson, widower mourning his wife, Sybil, and then who had to be let go.

Clear as mud. :>)

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chavaayanna

Posted at 4:26 PM on February 18, 2013  

Ohhhh my bad, you’re right. I was thinking Edith but knew it was Ethel.

You’re right <3

 
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Leslie Brown

Posted at 4:25 PM on February 18, 2013  

I know right? *sigh* — This isn’t the first time HollywoodLife.com has committed the atrocity of an inaccuary LOL. I’m glad you mention it because I was honestly too tired to bother <3

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Sue

Posted at 3:22 PM on February 19, 2013  

Mike,You are also wrong Ethel Parks is the maid who had the baby. Lady Edith Crawley is Mary’s sister.
Edna Braithwaite was the maid they fired for putting the moves on Branson
So if you are going to watch and then comment ya should really try and keep up.For the record.

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