‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 spoilers: Dan Stevens and opportunity

Dan Stevens(Warning: the following contains spoilers for season 4 of “Downton Abbey,” and with that in mind we cannot caution enough that you should really check out the following at your own risk.)

If you are like us, then odds are that you are still very much mourning the loss of one Matthew Crawley. Dan Stevens had someone who was clearly among the most-popular people within the world of the ITV series, but now he has made the decision to take a new direction in his career following a stint on the Broadway show “The Heiress.”

So how are the producers somehow finding a silver lining in here? It is certainly not easy, but they are nonetheless managing to do just that. With this very thing in mind, executive producer Gareth Neame recently had the following to say to E! News on the subject of life for Mary (Michelle Dockery) in a post-Matthew world, and how the producers and the writing staff are actually trying to find a way to turn the character as a young, single mother into a positive:

“This is a lesson in something that seems like a really big loss in the moment [that] will actually turn into a great opportunity, which it will also be for the show, to take a turn in a whole different direction.”

As for whether or not this strategy works, that remains to be seen. We are sure that there will at first be some sort of backlash to Stevens leaving the show, but hopefully over time the writers will come up with a new story for Mary that is so exciting, it will make the loss feel a little less painful.

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