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People are dropping like flies on PBS' popular period drama, "Downton Abbey." At the end of season 3 (massive spoiler alert if you haven't gone this far yet), Dan Stevens' character Matthew Crawley died in a tragic (and rather ridiculous) car accident just moments after his first son was born (he was seemingly so elated he was driving while pleasantly looking up at the clouds without a care in the world). The reason for this hasty writing-him-out of-the-turn was because Stevens, appearing next in the WikiLeaks drama "The Fifth Estate," evidently feels like Hollywood is calling and he better strike while the iron is hot.  This strange turn is going to put the increasingly-soap opera-ish "Downton Abbey" in a very awkward place next season. And one more actor has had enough. Actress Siobhan Finneran, who plays the scheming and nasty maid O'Brien, said she will not be returning to the show. »

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