Blast! It’s being reported that Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley, a.k.a. Mr. How Is Your Hair Always So Perfect I Don’t Understand, won’t be returning for season four of Downton Abbey.
The departure hasn’t been confirmed by ITV, but according to the Sunday Express a “well-placed production source” (so have your grain of salt ready) said that Stevens “isn’t returning to the series. He will probably do the first episode of the fourth series, but that will be it.”
The actor will also appear in this year’s two-hour Christmas special, which the Sunday Express describes as a “tearjerker.” (Not incredibly surprising—we are talking about about a show that’s the lovechild of Masterpiece Theater and a soap opera, here.)
Full disclosure: I’m not caught up on the current season of Downton Abbey. I watched the first three or four episodes and then stopped, put off by how the relationship drama between Matthew and Mary JUST. KEPT. GOING. Seriously, it’s always something with those two. So I’m not incredibly distressed by this news, though I imagine a lot of people will be.
As long as Maggie Smith stays on, I’m good.
(via: Digital Spy)