Downton Abbey: Emphasis on ‘Down’

17 Jan


I love Downton Abbey. I really do. It is one of few shows my husband and I watch together (though he may not readily admit it). But lately it is bringing me down. Moira MacDonald says it well: 

‘Downton Abbey’: That Episode

We’ve quickly escalated from scandal (Lady Mary’s indiscretion), war, and relationship drama to senseless death and tragedy. I know war could be considered senseless death and tragedy, but at least it is expected. Matthew dying in a car accident after he has been miraculously healed from his war injury and has finally realized happiness with the love he so long denied, is unexpected and downright jarring. Don’t even get me started on Lady Sybil. And now rape?


It is easy to understand and sympathize (or judge) when characters endure misery of their own making. But sweet, favorite, Anna has done nothing but be a loyal, loving, beautiful gem among the servants.

My husband was mostly done with Downton after Matthew’s death….I may be close behind him.  



Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Downton Abbey: Emphasis on ‘Down’

  1. Becky

    January 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for writing about this. After watching this episode I too was deeply disturbed. I’ve been thinking about it a lot this week and question if I will watch another episode of this show that I had been enjoying.


    • kathryndean2013

      January 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      I know! On the one hand, I want to see how they handle it, but on the other hand, it is just too disturbing. She was a wonderful character but she will never be the same.



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