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Julian Fellowes teases Downton Abbey's fourth season and impact of Dan Stevens departure

Dan Stevens

Story by Jack Foley

JULIAN Fellowes has been dropping hints about the forthcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey in light of the departure of one of its leading lights, Dan Stevens.

Speaking to Digital Spy after his show was named best drama at the National Television Awards, the writer said that he was upset to see Stevens depart but respected the actor’s decision.

Admitting his departure during the Christmas Day episode was “very sad”, Fellowes also refused to criticise the decision, saying: “When you definitely feel like something is the right move you’ve got to do it.”

He also said that Matthew Crawley’s death would “dominate” season four’s storyline, especially since his wife and new mother of his child Mary [Michelle Dockery] will now be “trying to rebuild her life”.

Fellowes said he was also keen to avoid killing off any more characters during the show’s fourth season, especially since the third also saw the departure of another fan favourite in Jessica Brown Findlay’s Lady Sybil.

He also suggested that Shirley MacLaine could return.

Downton Abbey‘s fourth season is set to begin filming in three weeks’ time.

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