Downton Abbey fans are a jaded lot but it’s not through any fault of our own. After the emotional rollercoaster that was Season 3 is it any surprise that we’re all a bit leary of what Julian Fellowes may have in store for the fourth installment?
Well, fear not fellow Downtonites. Uncle Jules has plenty of surprises planned for the season but when the Grim Reaper comes a-callin' it won’t leave us curled in the fetal position around our box sets of Seasons 1 and 2.
As any fan in the UK (or of spoilers) knows, Season 4 does include one major character death: that of Mr. Green (Nigel Harman). A new addition to the Abbey, Mr. Green is the valet of delicious Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen), one of the widowed Lady Mary’s (Michelle Dockery) many handsome suitors.
It’s because of the physical and emotional trauma Green inflicts on Anna and, by extension, all who love her, that we practically cheered when Green’s story came to an end in Episode 8. The twisted valet meets his maker thanks to a passing car in Piccadilly. Whether or not anyone in particular was behind the mysterious accident remains a mystery Mr. Fellowes doesn’t seem intent on ever solving — a decision we’re totally fine with. The important thing is Green’s gone.
As for other Season 4 deaths, the Dowager (Maggie Smith) has a brush with illness but rallies thanks to the careful nursing of the perpetually hovering Isobel (Penelope Wilton). Meanwhile, devious lady’s maid O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran) makes her exit but only because her own bad news finally catches up with her.
So, in conclusion, fellow Downton Abbey lovers, rest assured that you won’t be spending a small fortune on tissue boxes and comfort food after Season 4. Plan your viewing parties accordingly.