5. Downton‘s first OMG second got here when Matthew Crawley, the sequence’ dashing male lead, was killed within the season three finale. “There have been a number of very upset folks demanding apologies,” Stevens informed Entertainment Weekly of his determination to exit the present on the finish of his three-year contract.
As for why he was able to say goodbye to Downton, he defined, “Doing a long-running TV factor was wonderful on all types of ranges. However in the meanwhile, it is about seeing how I can maintain myself challenged and entertained.”
6. In an interview with E! News, Fellowes harassed it was Steven’s alternative to go away (and never return for an look in season 4) that result in the character’s sudden demise.
Noting that in America, contracts are usually longer, “it appeared to them that the manufacturing crew had simply determined you understand,” he continued as he made a throat-slitting movement. “However in truth, he had simply gotten to the tip of his three-year contract and he needed to go on and do completely different stuff…We simply needed to make it work. A few of the letters I acquired made your hair stand on ends!”
7. However Matthew’s devastating dying did not detract viewers because the season 4 premiere shattered scores information, attracting 10.2 million viewers.
8. If Stevens had notified Fellowes sooner of his intention to go away the sequence, he mentioned he would’ve staged fan-favorite Woman Sybil’s exit in a different way: “I most likely would have killed them collectively in a automotive crash.”