Things I Like: Matthew Crawley (Downton Abbey)

Matthew Crawley Downton Abbey

 Probably my favorite character on the show, he is the distant cousin of the aristocratic Crawley family. Since British law dictates that only direct-male lines can inherit (irony there considering the royal family switches), Matthew is surprised to hear the news after the future heir dies during the Titanic.

Dan Stevens Downton Abbey

Far more down-to-Earth than his distant cousins, Matthew does accept his destiny to be the future Earl. He makes the mistake of commenting that the family would push on his daughters on him, and then he sees Mary who overheard. He obviously likes her on first sight. But after a season, they end up not being together.   

Matthew Crawley formal British uniform Downton Abbey

 Matthew ends up dating Lavinia Swire later, and Mary tries to make the best of it. 

Matthew Crawley world War I trenches Downton Abbey

 But both ladies wouldn’t see much of Matthew during his tenure fighting in the Great War, known later as World War I. 

Matthew Crawley nursed by Mary Downton Abbey

 He ends up gravely wounded in battle. 

Matthew Crawley wheelchair Downton Abbey

 And ends up without the use of his legs. Lavinia stays by his side, despite his severe blow to his self-esteem. But as he starts to get the use of his legs, his fiancee dies from Spanish Flu. 

Matthew Crawley gets engaged to Mary Downton Abbey

 So in time, he asks Mary to marry him. Which excited most of the viewers, despite Mary often times, not being worthy of “happiness”. 

Matthew Crawley wedding to Mary Downton Abbey

Their wedding is a big ordeal and nothing out of the normal happens.  

Matthew Crawley and his wife Mary Downton Abbey

 Their marriage is mostly a happy one. The only thing that strains it for the most part is almost losing Downton due to the fortune being lost. Matthew inherits another fortune but he is ridden with guilt if he uses it to rebuild Robert’s legacy. 

Matthew Crawley and Robert Downton Abbey

 Robert offers a compromise, Matthew invests in the estate, and him and Robert are equals on all matters of the household.   

Matthew Crawley holding baby George Downton Abbey

At the end of the third season, he finally has his own son. He is so thrilled and filled with joy over the whole thing. 

Matthew Crawley death Downton Abbey

And dies from a car accident after being so “happy” and not paying attention. In truth, Dan Stevens wanted to leave the show, and they had to kill him off. Which is something he still apologizes for to this day. 

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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