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After Downton Abbey Season 3’s high body count, it’s understandable fans have some concerns about who might not make it out alive during Season 4. So should we stock up on tissue boxes and cartons of ice cream? Sure, but you won’t be needing them for Downton Abbey, show execs say.

“Nobody dies, that much I can tell you,” executive producer Liz Trubridge says of the Season 4 Christmas special. December 25, 2013, of course, will mark the one-year anniversary of Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) sudden departure from the series.

“I am sorry about last year,” Liz continues, “but what do you do when you have a treasured character who wants to leave? But we won’t do that this time!”

Phew because, honestly, we’re not sure how much more death we can handle at Downton. Even the Dowager Countess’s (Maggie Smith) brief one-episode brush with illness had us hyperventilating.

Although the Grim Reaper won’t be visiting the Crawleys again any time soon, don’t expect the show to be short on drama. Liz calls this year’s Christmas Special “the most spectacular” one yet.

The episode’s storyline isn’t set at the holidays, she continues, and won’t split up the family from the servants. We’ve already seen some special photos from the final days of shooting and already heard Cora’s American family — mother Martha (Shirley Maclaine) and brother Harold (Paul Giamatti) — will stage a return, much to the dislike of the less than pro Yankee Dowager. Hey, at least you’re around to see them, Violet.

What do you make of the news no one dies during the Christmas special? Relieved or not sure we’re out of the woods yet? Share your feels in the comments below.

Source: TV & Satellite via Metro

Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!