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It's a move that scandalized the UK when this episode played on Christmas Day there. And with PBS finally airing the episode last night in the US, Americans are caught up and dully outraged. I mean, just think of what we've gone through!
We saw Mary and Matthew's tense introduction, their initial distaste for each other, the spark of romance. That brewed into a passion they couldn't ignore—even if it hurt the painfully sweet Lavinia! But life with Matthew would mean life without children because of his war injury…but maybe not? Then finally, they are married and trying for a baby in the face of all they suffered, which included the recent death of Mary's sister Sybil in childbirth. The fates seemed kind to Mary and Matthew for the first time, giving them a newborn son with no signs of trouble. But then, Matthew up and died.
We've already told you the real-world why of this decision. But to see how Americans took to this shocking plot twist, we took to Twitter. Below we offer a selection of our favorite reactions:
Hi I'm Downton Abbey and I'm here to ruin your whole evening.— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) February 18, 2013
DOWNTON ABBEY WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO MY EMOTIONS— Hannah (@hannahfio) February 18, 2013
WHAAAAT THE EFF DOWNTON ABBEY. WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA. NO ONE.— Scott Chambliss (@theWaif) February 18, 2013
I spoiled myself for Downton Abbey just so I could feel something.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) February 18, 2013
The UK just heard the collective wailing of #downtonpbs fans across the US.— Laura Howe (@infobabe) February 18, 2013
WOW DOWNTON ABBEY SO MAD SO UPSET WHAT IS LIFE ANYMORE. WHAT'S THE PURPOSE ANYMORE.— Ann Casey Hughes (@anncaseyhughes) February 18, 2013
Tonight's Downton Abbey brought to you by Toonces: The Cat Who Could Drive A Car. Come on, guys.— e. spivey (@spivey_e) February 18, 2013
In this dark time, we have hope to cling to. Downton Abbey season four rolls into production this month.
I dreamt about Downton Abbey and every time I closed my eyes I saw Matthew's dead body. That is just not right.— Sayla (@Sayla_Vie) February 18, 2013