On last night’s Downton Abbey—just announced as a record-setter with 7.9 million viewers, or 96 percent more viewers than watched last season’s premiere—Mary and Matthew had a lot of cool, restrained conversations about Yorkshire horticulture and what to name their children.
Just kidding! They fell into bed, like, every five seconds. A heated, spirited retelling in this week’s Downton Abbey recap. 
Mary and Matthew, courtesy Masterpiece/PBS/Carnival Films.

On last night’s Downton Abbey—just announced as a record-setter with 7.9 million viewers, or 96 percent more viewers than watched last season’s premiere—Mary and Matthew had a lot of cool, restrained conversations about Yorkshire horticulture and what to name their children.

Just kidding! They fell into bed, like, every five seconds. A heated, spirited retelling in this week’s Downton Abbey recap

Mary and Matthew, courtesy Masterpiece/PBS/Carnival Films.

Portrait of a Lady | Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary as You’ve Never Seen Her Before
Illustration by David Downton
Madeleine Vionnet | The Favorite Fashion Designer of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary
Photograph by Hoyningen-Huene, Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Madeleine Vionnet | The Favorite Fashion Designer of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary

Photograph by Hoyningen-Huene, Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Sybil Action | Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay
Photograph by Simon Emmett
Downton Abbey’s Edwardian Hunk  | Cousin Matthew, Seventh Earl of Grantham
Photograph by Jason Bell
The Misses of May!
Our TV issue stars Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Sofia Vergara, and Michelle Dockery. Click to see bigger and watch video of their bedroomily dreamy shoot.
Photograph by Norman Jean Roy.

The Misses of May!

Our TV issue stars Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Sofia Vergara, and Michelle Dockery. Click to see bigger and watch video of their bedroomily dreamy shoot.

Photograph by Norman Jean Roy.

Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest semifinalist Peepton Abbey, everybody!
(Your Tumblrer was told this Easter-candy diorama was the best existing “encapsulation of you.”  We’ll take it!)
More WaPo peeps here.
“Peepton Abbey” created by Caroline Chase, 27, Valerie Boyle, 25, and Daniel Boyle, 25, of Montclair, Virginia.

Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest semifinalist Peepton Abbey, everybody!

(Your Tumblrer was told this Easter-candy diorama was the best existing “encapsulation of you.”  We’ll take it!)

More WaPo peeps here.

“Peepton Abbey” created by Caroline Chase, 27, Valerie Boyle, 25, and Daniel Boyle, 25, of Montclair, Virginia.

Oh my God.
Downton Abbey as Dogs, where have you been all our lives?

Oh my God.

Downton Abbey as Dogs, where have you been all our lives?

All the 1920s fashion we hope will be on Downton Abbey’s Season Three—including guesses as to what Mary’s wedding dress will be, here.
Photograph from 1924 showing Cartier original jewels; Conde Nast Archive.

All the 1920s fashion we hope will be on Downton Abbey’s Season Three—including guesses as to what Mary’s wedding dress will be, here.

Photograph from 1924 showing Cartier original jewels; Conde Nast Archive.


Soon it’s on to that grand New Year’s tradition, the driven pheasant shoot. Though Kate Middleton decided not to join this year, everyone else tweeds up and draws pegs from a silver bowl, and off they  go in pairs, Mary happily standing with Matthew at the first drive. The  two are roundly amused with Matthew’s self-effacement—he’s a terrible  shot, somehow having gained zero athletic or shooting skills during his captaincy in W.W.I.—but  from a distance, Murdoch-Carlisle’s hackles are up. “He does rather beg  to be teased,” says Matthew. “The awful truth is he’s starting to get  on my nerves,” replies Mary. Sir Richard sees their camaraderie—rightly,  we’ll concede—as a threat to his betrothal, and a sign that Mary’s  falling back in love with Matthew. The ensuing luncheon at the shooting  lodge is rife with claret, candelabras, and tension, as Mary and Matthew  prattle about Adele’s performance at the Grammys, and Murdoch-Carlisle  watches, seething among the pinecones.

More of our Downton Abbey finale recap, here!  Tell us how you thought the finale fared—and what you’re expecting out of Season 3. (Our advice: More Ouija!)

Soon it’s on to that grand New Year’s tradition, the driven pheasant shoot. Though Kate Middleton decided not to join this year, everyone else tweeds up and draws pegs from a silver bowl, and off they go in pairs, Mary happily standing with Matthew at the first drive. The two are roundly amused with Matthew’s self-effacement—he’s a terrible shot, somehow having gained zero athletic or shooting skills during his captaincy in W.W.I.—but from a distance, Murdoch-Carlisle’s hackles are up. “He does rather beg to be teased,” says Matthew. “The awful truth is he’s starting to get on my nerves,” replies Mary. Sir Richard sees their camaraderie—rightly, we’ll concede—as a threat to his betrothal, and a sign that Mary’s falling back in love with Matthew. The ensuing luncheon at the shooting lodge is rife with claret, candelabras, and tension, as Mary and Matthew prattle about Adele’s performance at the Grammys, and Murdoch-Carlisle watches, seething among the pinecones.

More of our Downton Abbey finale recap, here!  Tell us how you thought the finale fared—and what you’re expecting out of Season 3. (Our advice: More Ouija!)