Talk back: 'Downton Abbey' delivers a shocker
Posted January 28, 2013
Note: This post discusses Sunday's Downton Abbey. Skip it if you haven't seen the episode!
Even though I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible, some details about this season of Downton Abbey just couldn't be avoided. All month I've been watching the show with a little less interest, feeling like I already know how it's going to end.
And then last night's episode aired and completely threw me.
Downton has had its share of tragedies, but the events we saw last night are the most gut-wrenching yet. Admittedly, I saw the writing on the wall as soon as Sybil's doctors began arguing, and then it became very clear things were heading downhill when the new mother spoke of her future plans.
Still, Sybil's death casts a dark shadow over Downton, particularly since she was the kindest and most hopeful character of the bunch. Not only does it punctuate one of this season's major themes - the changing role and treatment of women - it's bound to have an effect on nearly every person at the estate.
If Lord Grantham's financial missteps didn't have a devastating impact on his marriage, the decision to trust the wrong doctor certainly will. Sybil was the glue that bonded her sisters together, and the relationship between Edith and Mary will certainly change (although, as Mary noted, maybe not for the better). Mr. Carson, clearly distraught, took comfort from Mrs. Hughes and said he had known Sybil since her birth. Even Thomas was greatly affected, as Sybil always treated him with kindness.
What did you think of last night's development? How will Sybil's death affect the future of the show? Is Lord Grantham headed for a serious fall now that his family and his home are crumbling? Also, is it finally time to cheer for Edith?
Feel free to share your thoughts, and note that episodes from Season 3 are available to view on PBS.org. The entire season arrives on DVD tomorrow.
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