Julian Fellowes Has Decided Matthew Crawley's Fate on DOWNTON ABBEY
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by TV News Desk
**SPOILER ALERT for U.S. fans of DOWNTON ABBEY who have not yet viewed the drama's third season or last night's holiday episode which aired on Britain's ITV network**
Crawley, following the series' Christmas special, will officially be killed off. Fellowes told the paper that he "didn't really have an option."
Rumors of Stevens' potential departure developed months ago, when he first made the move to Broadway to star in THE HEIRESS alongside Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain.
But there was no changing Steven's mind, Fellowes said.
There were few options Fellowes could take with DOWNTON's Crawley, while respecting the character's relationship with Mary. There was one choice, and Fellowes, as the showrunner, knew it was the only viable one.
The network adds that Mary would be returning for the fourth season of the show which commences production in February. "Alongside all the usual drama, comedy and romance involving the much-loved cast of characters," the statement reads, "viewers will see Mary adjusting to her life and attempting to move on without the man she loved."
Season 3 of DOWNTON ABBEY will premiere Jan. 6, on PBS.