As many of you know, I have really been enjoying Downton Abbey lately. I started season one not long ago and I’m already done with the fourth. This is the first season to not have the character Matthew Crawley in it as he died at the end of season three.
The story takes place about half a year after Matthew dies. His widow Mary is still depressed and doesn’t seem to be getting better. Their son George is fine and healthy, but a question arises to whether Mary or baby George is Matthew’s heir. Robert seems to side with his grandson, but others want Mary to take on Matthew’s role in modernizing Downton Abbey.
Matthew’s death leaves Mr. Molesley without a job. He was Matthew’s valet, but despite some help and a lot of time from Mr. Carson, he can’t seem to get any job that’s not tough manual labor. Alfred still wants Ivy to be his girl, but she grows closer to Jimmy instead. John and Anna Bates are mostly happy, but their marriage will see another great struggle.
I wouldn’t say this is my favorite season yet, but I still really liked it. I really enjoyed Edith’s story even though there’s a lot of sad parts. Something awful happens to one character, and I have to applaud that person for some of the best acting I’ve ever seen in the series so far. While it became rather obvious in season three, I didn’t really like the character of Lady Rose MacClare as she is just too childish and immature right now.