Lady Sybil Crawley's tragic death after giving birth to her and Tom Branson's daughter was one of the saddest moments of Season 3. But what killed her? Sadly, Sybil has a lot of company in her cause of death, as it's the number one cause of pregnancy-related fatalities in the world: eclampsia.
In the modern U.S. we hear more about preeclampsia, but that's because monthly prenatal visits are now common practice. If left untreated, the condition can lead to eclampsia, marked by the onset of seizures. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivering the baby — but since tissues, like the placenta, still remain in the mother after childbirth, 80 percent of deaths from the condition actually occur after childbirth, as with Sybil. The closest thing to a "cure" we have for eclampsia is administering magnesium sulphate to prevent or stop seizures.
Despite Downton being set almost a century ago, Sybil's country doctor was still able to know what was up, and if Dr. Clarkson had performed an emergency operation as he'd suggested, he might've been able to save her. And to think we were almost over crying about this particular storyline!
Allen Leech does totally look like One Direction's Niall Horan — but are they related? Even those that didn't notice the resemblance got thrown for a loop when Allen made a shocking "admission" on Watch What Happens Live in December 2013.
"He's my son," Allen said, pretending to be serious. "I had him really young. I had the choice to give him to the circus or a boy band, I chose a boy band. He's done much better there because his backflips are terrible."
In case it wasn't totally clear, or you only saw spoof headlines: Allen was making a joke. The pair aren't related; Niall's real dad's name is Bobby. We totally see the resemblance, though!