Downton Abbey Series 3: Fans in mourning in preparation for next weeks final episode and Elizabeth McGovern’s (Lady Cora) husband wept over the death of Lady Sybil!

by Anna Howell

After last night’s episode of Downton Abbey, which saw Bates released from prison and Thomas make a bit of a fool of himself when he tried to seduce an unwilling Jimmy, fans were left heartbroken at the announcement that next week’s instalment would be the last of the current series!

Distraught viewers took to just about every social networking platform available after to vent their upset at the thought of the epic ITV period drama coming to an end.

‘I don’t know what I’m going to do after next Sunday :(‘ one person took to Twitter to tweet, whilst another exclaimed: ‘No, no next week can’t be the last episode of Downton!’

Other tweets included: ‘Still trying to come to terms with the fact that next week’s episode of #DowntonAbbey will be the last in this series #Downton #heartbroken’ and ‘@DowntonAbbey never stays on long enough 🙁 we need more episodes too! Will be having withdrawal symptoms as per haha’

From the preview clip of next week’s episode, shown just before the credits of last night’s, it would seem that the third series is set to end with an almighty bang as Thomas (Rob James Collier) seems to be given his marching orders from the house following his inappropriate behaviour towards new footman, Jimmy (Ed Speleers), whilst Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) hands in her resignation to her new editor, after being so excited to get the job in the first place.

Whilst no plans as yet have been disclosed for a fourth series, it does seem very likely there will be one, as well as rumours suggesting that the shows genius creator, Julian Fellowes, is planning to make a prequel to Downton Abbey also. But, Sunday night may still be the end of Downton as we know it, as we reported earlier this month that Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in the award-winning drama, is rumoured to have not signed a new contract for series four as he intends to break America.

As we said at the time, with divorce not an option, Matthews exit would almost certainly mean the death of another beloved main character and with most of the nation still in grieving after the sudden and shocking death of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) two weeks ago, we aren’t sure if we can take it!

And one person, it would seem, who is still deeply affected by Sybil’s death, is the real life husband of Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Sybil’s mother, Cora, in the show!

According to The Sun newspaper, Elizabeth has revealed that her husband, Cranford director Simon Curtis, openly wept during the death scenes of her onscreen daughter!

She explained: “My very sophisticated husband, who’s been in the business for a long time, was so distraught watching that I had to lean over and say, ‘It’s not real, it’s not real’.”

All we can hope for now is an announcement that there will be a Christmas special, and don’t you worry, Unreality TV are on the case to find out and will report to you the second we know!

Watch Elizabeth McGovern and Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, discussing the shows success in the clip below: