HomeTVDownton AbbeyDan Stevens Apologizes For Downton Abbey Death Luke Kerr June 6, 2013 6 Comments Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is really sorry about Matthew Crawley’s death during the popular serial’s Christmas special, according to Radio Times. Apparently British viewers can’t enjoy their plum pudding if someone on TV dies at Christmas. Speaking to Radio Times, the 30-year-old star went on to say: "I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing." Stevens' character, Matthew Crawley, was killed in a car crash after visiting his wife Mary and their newborn baby in hospital. The untimely demise of such a main character, in the last few minutes of the two-hour festive episode, came as a shock to viewers expecting a more uplifting instalment of the hit ITV period drama. 6 Responses mfarris70 June 6, 2013 The special should have ended with Matthew’s car driving off, seeing the oncoming truck. Seeing him dead and bleeding on the road was brutal. Log in to Reply soapjunkie88 June 6, 2013 It’s not an unwritten rule but it certainly is rare. Thinking about the last couple of years I can think of Archie Mitchell from EastEnders, who was murdered on Christmas Day. I guess it just came unexpected that Downton Abbey kills a major character in it’s Christmas special. Especially in such a brutal way that wasn’t really fitting the show’s style. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon June 7, 2013 Apology accepted. Log in to Reply TV Gord June 7, 2013 I’m picturing the BP apologist from South Park saying, “I’m sorry.”, several times from several locations. Log in to Reply liason4real June 7, 2013 Good luck, Dan! I don’t know why the actor has to apologize since he has nothing to do with the production side of the show. Log in to Reply richalan67 June 7, 2013 I read an interview with the actress who plays Lady Mary. She said they showed him at the end that way so that there was no speculation of whether or not he survived. I think they were so shocked across the pond because it was a secret that Stevens was not returning. We here found out because of that episode airing on Christmas . Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.