Downton Abbey

Season 3 Episode 9

Christmas Special 2012. (Season 3 Finale for US Audiences)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 25, 2012 on PBS

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Horrible things happen in Season 3

    There are too many surprises in Season 3. Wether it will go bad or the opposite, I'd rather believe the writer.

    I love Matthew and Sybil and to not see them again in season 4 is really hard. Hope the best for this beautiful drama.
  • Really, now.

    People have given this episode a poor rating purely because of what happens at the end of the episode. Yes, it happened, and it's not going to change. Why?

    Spoilers beware:

    Dan Stevens did not sign on for a fourth season. The best thing to do was kill off his character, rather than alienating him from the family and making a horrible, painful mess out of his relationship with Mary. He was killed when they were perfectly happy with one another. Would it make sense to suddenly, on Season 4, Episode 1 write in that the character up and left his wife and newborn child, never to be seen again? That's what happens when the actor abandons the role; you get a killed off character.

    Now, the remainder of the episode was supreme. The hunt, Shrimpy's estate and the picnic--all of these things were wonderfully executed, and truly built onto (or added a note of temporary finality) to the respective storylines, such as the Anna/Bates sub-plot. Everyone knows that this show is not a single plot, but many smaller ones built on top of each other to create an amazing drama. Disappointed as I am with Dan Stevens' decision, I won't give this episode an unfair review or rating just because I hate how it ended.

    Season 4 is going to be a very interesting, very emotional experience and I'm looking forward to it.

  • Downton Abbey Season 3

    Please do not kill off Matthew Crawley for season 4. He has much to do in season 4.

    Thank you,