The star of ‘Downton Abbey’ gets candid about her on-screen husband’s decision to leave after three seasons.
So much of Downton Abbey‘s fourth season — which premieres stateside Jan. 5 on PBS — is about Mary (Michelle Dockery) moving on after the death of Matthew (Dan Stevens), a process close to the cast’s heart. “I was sad … that Dan wanted to go,” Michelle said Dec. 10 during her visit to The View. “We were all sad. … I thought, ‘What is going to happen now? So much [of the show] is about the relationship between [Matthew] and Mary.”
But don’t expect to hear a negative word about Dan from Michelle’s lips — or any cast member’s lips for that matter. They all understood why he decided to leave the popular British period drama, and they hold no grudges.
“We all had a choice to sign up for another series,” Michelle explained to the women, noting that she was OK with Dan’s decision not to re-up his contract.
‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Are ‘Still Great Friends’ With Dan Stevens
Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, tried to explain the difference between American contracts and British contracts — but Barbara Walters silenced him, claiming a man of his “stature” needn’t concern himself with such things. (Seriously, I’m not sure she knows the actors aren’t actually the Crawleys.)
“We’re still in touch,” Hugh managed to say about Dan. “We’re still great friends.”
Michelle Dockery Previews Mary’s Season 4 Suitors
Of course, Mary might not stay single for long We already know there will be several new suitors vying for her hand this season, and during her View interview, Michelle confirmed that Mary is “back on the dating scene.”
As for Sherri Shepherd‘s comment that everyone Mary sleeps with ends up dead, Michelle had only this to say:
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— Andy Swift