Downton Abbey series 5 spoilers: Is Julian Fellowes killing more characters off?

Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2013

Downton Abbey Christmas Special 2013

For goodness sake, we had only just finished celebrating the fact that there would be no major deaths in the new series of Downton Abbey, and now Julian Fellowes has hinted that he might have changed his mind.

As we previously reported one of the hugely popular ITV period drama’s stars, Lesley Nicol – who plays head cook Mrs Patmore – had revealed in an interview that there were no plans to kill off any main characters when the show returns this autumn.

However, now the shows writer Julian Fellowes has said that the script has only just been finished, and admitted that Nicol might be very much mistaken.

Most of us still aren’t over the incredibly unpopular cast massacre of series three, which saw main characters Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) AND Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) killed moments after both meeting their first born children.

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Of course writers had no option but to kill off the fan favourites, since the actors themselves decided to leave, with Julian Fellowes saying at the time:

“People don’t understand that we’re not in control of that kind of stuff, if an actor wants to leave the show,”

This did not make it an easier pill to swallow.


Fellowes was asked by The Guardian this week about Lesley Nicol’s promises of a funeral free series and while he didn’t give too many details away, the show runner just laughed and replied:

“That’s all you know. You see I only finished the last script on Tuesday.”

So does this mean there will be more deaths in the new series? We are keeping our fingers crossed that it isn’t poor Mrs Patmore up for the chop for making the comments in the first place.

Downton Abbey is currently filming its fifth series and is expected back on our ITV screens this autumn – Watch an interview with the show’s creator and writer, Lord Julian Fellowes discussing the new series in the clip below: