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The article below contains spoilers for episode five of the third season of "Downton Abbey." Even if you remained faithful to the U.S. broadcast dates for the current season of "Downton Abbey" and refrained from torrenting the episodes after they aired months ago in the U.K., chances are that dark rumblings reached you via Twitter or Facebook. Rumblings that all was not destined to be crumpets and Edwardian frocks on this season of Julian Fellowes' hit period drama -- that there would be consequences grimmer and more forbidding than being pushed to marry the conveniently handsome and noble distant relative set to inherit your family's estate. But no amount of carefully skirted cross-continent spoilers could leave one fully prepared for the deeply troubling death of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) in childbirth in last night's episode. This was a traumatic development for so many reasons -- first and foremost that Sybil, »


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