It took an unflattering makeover for Downton Abbey fans to officially pronounce Dan Stevens dead to them.
VF.com’s Sarah Ball shared her forecast on Twitter. 

We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

We have always loved Downton outdoors—not scenes of the ladies roaming the hedges at some tea party, gossiping about Sir Evelyn Napier’s hot friends, but the outdoor scenes of country sports, like the pheasant shoot last season, the family hike where Sir Richard wears the wrong tweeds, or that fan favorite, the fox-hunting gallivant with Kemal Pamuk. Whereas Downton’s whole upstairs-downstairs shtick depends deeply on its Carnarvon interiors—on the judge-y appraisals of those fringed lamps—the outdoors really remind you the show is on (gorgeous) location. It’s like stumbling upon a vivid, perfectly preserved colorplate in the middle of an ancient, yellowing library book. Especially for American audiences, where the closest thing to Matthew casting his fly rod in a west-highlands stream, the amber evening sun catching the sine curve of his line, is, what—Bassmaster?

Our Downton Abbey Season Three finale recap in full, here!

Last night’s Downton Abbey (read no further if you’re spoiler averse!):

Lady Sybil was shunted into a terrible wig-hat, still managed to have a perfect daughter, and then met her (gasp!) untimely end while the family watched—check out Matthew’s totally casual, just-riding-the-subway posture in the family shot.

More on the heartbreak and high frivolity of episode four, here.

All, courtesy Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece.

Downton Abbey’s Edwardian Hunk  | Cousin Matthew, Seventh Earl of Grantham
Photograph by Jason Bell
Downton weekend! We are hotly ancitipating Sunday’s premiere, and so we have some advisories and exciting things to share:
You can find us participating in a panel live-tweet—moderated by fellow Downton obsessive Patton Oswalt—on Sunday night starting at 9 p.m. ET, and can see it on the Masterpiece site as well as this old reliable spot. And for Monday morning’s recap, we’ll post some here and the effervescent rest on VF.com. Bon weekend (what’s a weekend, anyway?)!
Photograph from The Evening Standard magazine, which sorely needs a Tumblr.

Downton weekend! We are hotly ancitipating Sunday’s premiere, and so we have some advisories and exciting things to share:

You can find us participating in a panel live-tweet—moderated by fellow Downton obsessive Patton Oswalt—on Sunday night starting at 9 p.m. ET, and can see it on the Masterpiece site as well as this old reliable spot. And for Monday morning’s recap, we’ll post some here and the effervescent rest on VF.com. Bon weekend (what’s a weekend, anyway?)!

Photograph from The Evening Standard magazine, which sorely needs a Tumblr.