Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode Christmas Special

Christmas Special 2012

28
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 25, 2012 on PBS
8.3
out of 10
User Rating
53 votes
6

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Christmas Special 2012
AIRED:

It is September, 1921, and the story picks up one year after the conclusion of Series 3. The Crawleys are headed for Scotland in this 2012 Christmas Special. Robert is particularly looking forward to it after a difficult year for the entire family. Their destination is Duneagle Castle, which is the residence of young Lady Rose MacClare, the girl whom we met in the final episode of series three.

Whilst most of the servants stay behind at Downton, O'Brien, Anna, Bates and Molesley join the family in Scotland. Duneagle Castle is quite grand in appearance and even has bagpipers to announce breakfast and dinner, a facet of the place greatly enjoyed by Robert.

Branson is having trouble finding his place in the world. Does he belong with the Crawley family or should he and his baby daughter be somewhere else?

Edith has more issues with the newspaper editor but Mary and Matthew seem to be on opposing sides with regard to what his (Gregson's) actual motives are towards the middle daughter of the household. Carson, meanwhile, is determined that everything will run smoothly, as disarray of any kind is more than he can stand.

moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Wednesday
No results found.
Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • why on earth?

    3.0
    so who's dying when Edith is pregnant? guess the baby itself will past away.

    i dont get it that they need tragedy to let the show go on. there is no use in "killing" matthew, only to come up with another storyline. how dare they!

    to let characters die, just for that the serie is not getting boring, is the worst sign of bad writer - cause he couldnt imagine a "real" story, which tells aout inner movement, inner growing and stuff. no, death is their only way of bringing "new aspects" into story. sucks!

    this ruins everything.moreless
  • This is, without a doubt, the worst

    1.0
    What a lazy ending. What a cop-out. We all knew "he" was leaving, but in this way? Do they really have no respect these characters at ALL?



    A writer myself, I know you need to respect your characters to get the story working. The ending just feels like one big revenge on the actor. It's really not fair.
  • It's getting to be a bit much

    3.0
    I didn't start watching Downton Abbey until the very end of last season when it finally caught my interest. The meticulous attention to historical detail has been impressive; HOWEVER, I'm getting very tired of all the characters dying. It seems pretty lame! I mean really. Does Dan Stevens want more pay or why is he leaving? I say PAY HIM--or do whatever it is he wants to be able to stay--and make this episode a Dallas-esque dream sequence a la . Get on with some more serious writing for Pete's sake! It is almost too much for me to expect ANYONE in this melodrama to have a happy life. I feel I've been suckered by this show, and I don't honestly know if I will continue watching now. I would have given you a nine or even a ten rating before, but I can't go higher than a three today.moreless
  • Oh Dear ... (SPOILERS)

    7.5
    To be honest, I was expecting MUCH more from this 2012 Christmas Special than we actually ended up receiving. I am used to such quality writing and casting that this one left me feeling a bit ... flat. All the Scottish stuff had some beautiful scenery but the actual storyline was unnecessary and 'stole' a lot of time from all that could have been happening at Downton. Dan Stevens has been up and down about his contract with the show for over a year now. Clearly, given the final scene, he has decided not to renew it. I don't know where this leaves Mary and the as-yet-unamed heir. (Will it be Matthew Robert or something like that?) I loved the scenes between Isobel and Dr. Clarkson, they were very endearing, but, overall, I felt that too much was squashed into a relatively short space of time. All the characters seemed like they needed to 'hurry'. Having Matthew dead and Sybil dead and the two babies each with just one parent was a bit lame. I'm sure the writers could have come up with a better exit for Matthew because the whole 'dying after a baby has just been born' has already been done just a few episodes ago, Having said that, this show is of the highest quality and I look forward to what Julian Fellowes has for us in Season 4.moreless
  • Are we losing them one by one?(spoilers)

    9.0
    I cant believe they killed off another main character at this rate the show will have to end soon as there wont be any actors left. I did enjoy the beauty of scotland and the serfs getting thier groove on while the family were away and am also glad to see them all pretty much getting along downstairs.
Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Robert, Earl of Grantham

Elizabeth McGovern

Elizabeth McGovern

Cora, Countess of Grantham

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery

Lady Mary Crawley

Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens

Matthew Crawley

Laura Carmichael

Laura Carmichael

Lady Edith Crawley

Lily James

Lily James

Lady Rose MacClare

Guest Star

Charles Edwards

Charles Edwards

Michael Gregson

Guest Star

Simone Lahbib

Simone Lahbib

Wilkins

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

More
Less