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"Downton Abbey" has recently taken to killing off its main characters. Two actors, Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay, departed the show during its third season and that was how the show chose to write them out.

Now Dame Maggie Smith says she anticipates that one day, they'll kill off Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham.

"She's gotta drop down dead at some point. I've got to be about 110, logically, in the thing. I don't know what's going to happen," says Smith, in an interview with "Today."

She is right -- the show began with the Titanic sinking in 1912 and is now in the roaring '20s, so Lady Violet is getting right up there in age.

"I've had quite enough of Violet, I should say," adds Smith. "I'm only kidding," she laughs.

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