Downton Abbey Renewed For Fourth Season; Dan Stevens Exiting as Matthew Crawley



Do you want the good news or the bad news first? We’ll start with the good. Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season, according to an announcement by ITV. Now comes the bad news. While fans can look forward to the eight-episode fourth season, don’t expect to see much of Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens). From Sunday Express,

"Dan Stevens isn’t returning to the series. He will probably do the first episode of the fourth series, but that will be it."

ITV would not confirm or deny Stevens’s departure. However, it is thought he will appear in the Christmas show. The two-hour episode, described as a tearjerker, will see the Grantham family head to Scotland for a break, leaving most of the servants at home.


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This is not bad news to me. He has always been a bore. His mother is more interesting than him. Wonder what will Mary do? So long as i have my Dame Maggie i can watch this shit.

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That shattering sound you hear is my heart breaking. OMG, I love Mathew Crawley...but even more so, I love the romance of Lady Mary Crawley and Mathew Crawley. Why do I feel like he will be killed and there will be yet another heir to foist Lady Mary onto. That will cheapen my romance of Mathew and Lady Mary. *crying* Why do soaps do this to me. THey make me love a character then kill the character off...yet Phyllis is still skulking the lanes of Genoa City. WTF! #NoJustice.

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It will be interesting to see how they handle his departure. As the heir to the earldom, he's basically the center of the show. I hope and pray that does not mean that we'll get less Lady Mary. The actress and her character are fantastic!

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Agreed. That actress who plays Mary does even have to speak and you know exactly what she is thinking. Great actress.

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I love Matthew and Lady Mary, i hope he stays.