For context on why we’re sobbing, this episode comes a little more than halfway through Season 4. Thankfully by this point in the series Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) has found a way to move forward from the crushing grief that paralyzed her at the start of the season.
Come the February 2 episode we get a peek into her thoughts during an uncharacteristically candid moment. Sitting in the nursery alongside her brother-in-law Tom Branson (Allen Leech) and mother-in-law Isobel (Penelope Wilton), Mary shares her fond memories of Matthew including his beautiful proposal at the end of Season 2. You know, the one we still play on a loop online whenever feeling down?
Mary’s snow-dusted memories fall right in line with the kind of all consuming passion Tom and Isobel both felt for their respective and now lost loves.