Good news for fans of “Downton Abbey”: while it may not necessarily be a great deal of solace following some of the events of the Christmas special, we are pleased to report that one actor hanging in the balance has officially decided to return for season 4 of the hit ITV series. (Warning: the following contains major spoilers for American readers. Stop now if you want to remain surprised.)
In response to all of the criticism surrounding the exit of Dan Stevens, in particular the decision to kill off his character of Matthew in a tragic car accident, ITV has actually released a new statement announcing that viewers for certain will not be losing his onscreen wife, as well. Michelle Dockery (who is a past Emmy nominee for the show) has been confirmed to be returning to the show for the fourth season, which will start filming in a matter of months overseas. The network also explained a little bit of what her story will be about in the coming year:
“Alongside all the usual drama, comedy and romance involving the much-loved cast of characters, viewers will see Mary adjusting to her life and attempting to move on without the man she loved.”
As for why ITV and Julian Fellowes decided to kill Matthew off rather than have the character simply leave the show (where he could return at a later date), we’ll have that information in a future piece this week. After all, some of this information is so hard to digest following Matthew’s death, we almost have to take some of it in one detail at a time.
Do you think that there is hope that Mary could find love again in the future? We want to hear your theories below, and you can also head on over to the link here to find out what Stevens himself had to say on his exit.