Get out your mourning clothes. Someone’s going to die on Downton Abbey. Rebecca Eaton, who as executive producer at PBS’ Masterpiece helps oversee the hit British TV series, revealed last week while at a local PBS fundraising event in Winter Park, Fla. that in Season 3, “Somebody will be born, and somebody will die, somebody pretty key in the cast, unfortunately, [is] not going to make it.”
For more of Eaton’s remarks, click here.
Which major character is going to expire in Season 3, which begins airing in England next fall and in the U.S. in January 2013? Eaton isn’t saying, and neither is anyone else attached to the production.
Without being too morbid about it, here’s our highly speculative list of reasons that major characters should stay or go:
Lord Robert Crawley (played by Hugh Bonneville)
Live: He’s the show’s patriarch and voice of reason.
Die: He kissed a housemaid in Season 2 and deserves to be punished for it.
Lady Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern)
Live: Hasn’t she suffered enough already, between the miscarriage in Season 1 and a nasty bout with influenza in Season 2?
Die: She’s not bright enough to see that her maid, O’Brien, manipulates her shamelessly.
Dowager Countess Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith)
Live: Because she’s the major reason to watch the show.
Die: Don’t even think it for a second!
Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery)
Live: After two seasons of suffering, she deserves some happiness now that she finally knows what she wants (that would be Matthew).
Die: Because then sister Edith would no longer seem so plain in comparison.
Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael)
Live: So that she can continue to be the butt of everyone’s jokes.
Die: Would it be such a bad thing?
Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens)
Live: The poor man was at war and in a wheel chair for most of Season 2. He deserves a love life.
Die: Because then the Crawleys would really have to shake the family tree to find a new heir. Think of the possibilities…
Mr. Carson (Jim Carter)
Live: He’s the rock who keeps Downton Abbey running.
Die: If we had to bet on it, between his age and a history of illness, here’s your most likely potential corpse.
Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan)
Live: She’s the rock who keeps Downton Abbey running.
Die: It would clear the way to bring in a young, va-va-voom housekeeper who could cause all kinds of trouble.
John Bates (Brendan Coyle)
Live: He’s the sexiest guy below stairs, bar none.
Die: He always seems to get the short end of his walking stick, and this would be in keeping with his lousy luck.
Live: She’s a newlywed. Let her enjoy her honeymoon, even if Bates is locked up.
Die: It would be ironic since it has been hubby Bates who has always been the imperiled one.
Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier)
Live: So he can continue his evil, scheming ways.
Die: So he can no longer continue his evil, scheming ways.
Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol)
Live: She adds humor, and her kitchen seems so reassuringly cozy.
Die: Then Daisy could be promoted.
Sarah O’Brien (Siobhan Finneran)
Live: She softened up a tad in Season 2, meaning she might yet be redeemed.
Die: She caused Cora to miscarry in Season 1, and many fans will never, ever forgive her for that.
Daisy Robinson (Sophie McShera)
Live: If any character serves as the show’s mascot, it’s Daisy.
Die: To show that the good die young.
Which character do you think will die? Which one would you kill off?