Death Strikes 'Downton Abbey'
A fair number third-tier characters have perished over the course of Downton Abbey's sensational first two seasons -- but according to Rebecca Eaton (EP of Masterpiece Classic), a major character will not live to see the end of season three!
"Somebody will be born, and somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately not going to make it," Eaton told the Orlando Sentinels yesterday at a party for Central Florida's new PBS station, WUCF TV.
Obviously The Dowager Countess a.k.a The Original HBIC a.k.a Dame Maggie Smith is the most obvious choice, being the eldest of the cast, but I doubt Abbey creator Julian Fellows has the balls to kill of the show's most popular character. And if he does have the balls to, I would imagine he'd live in fear of fan castration should Dowager die.
Elsewhere in her interview, Eaton not only reveals that Matthew and Mary do, indeed, get married, but she also dished on the arrival of Cora's mother, played by Shirley MacLaine!
"There are some wonderful scenes between Maggie [Smith] and Shirley MacLaine - Shirley MacLaine being ditsy as ever. And Maggie barely restraining her sneer in having to deal with this American. Maggie Smith is a handful, it's true. She's very difficult. She knows her worth, and she's tricky on the set, but she delivers when the time comes."
Hold up. Is Eaton dissing the Dame? Certainly sounds like it to me as she refers to the actress, not the character, being tricky on set. Don't know about you, but now I'm even more nervous about this Downton death because greater actors have been killed off for less.