18 February 2013 9:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Be warned: The following post discusses a major plot point in last night’s season finale of Downton Abbey. In case there were any doubt as to whether or not Matthew was dead from a random car accident at the end of Downton Abbey’s season-three finale on Sunday, producers took care to include lingering shots of his lifeless eyes and bleeding skull. Rigor mortis is setting in! Dan Stevens will not be back! it all seemed to say. When the episode premiered in the U.K. back in December, series boss Julian Fellowes attempted to explain to stunned viewers why the character, a new dad and the drama’s romantic lead, had to be written off in such harsh fashion. It wouldn’t have been believable for Mary and Matthew to separate (again) and for Matthew to never see his child, Fellowes said, and since Stevens did not want »

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