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:
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.