Downton Abbey Exec. Reflects on Matthew Crawley’s Death

There were a lot of twists and turns in matthew crawleyDownton Abbey’s third season, but according to executive producer Gareth Neame, the death of Matthew Crawley was the “best thing” for the show. He had not worried about Dan Stevens’ departure, since the death of his television alter ego created “endless possibilities” to improve the show.

Neame said:

 ”People have been saying, ‘How will you ever survive the demise of the Matthew Crawley character?’ And I have no concerns about that whatsoever. We didn’t want to lose Matthew, obviously – but having lost him, the great thing about series television is that there are endless possibilities.

”Shows are always having to work around actresses who are pregnant or people who are ill or an agent who has negotiated an out. Drama has endless possibilities, and the thing that looks like the worst that can happen, if you look at it in a completely different way, you suddenly realise that it’s the best thing that can happen to you.”

Gareth Neame goes on to say that Matthew’s death creates a “more interesting” storyline for Lady Mary Crawley, who is played by Michelle Dockery, and insists that there is more anticipation for the fourth season because of it. He adds:

 ”This adds dramatic rocket fuel to the fourth season. There’s nothing better that could have happened than that twist. ‘Mary Crawley’s story is far more interesting now, and the dynamics of the show are far more interesting, that she has to rebuild her life rather than she has to evict the tenant farmers or something. Which might have been the storyline otherwise.”