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
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.

Finale day! Don’t forget to dress for dinner and join us at 9 p.m. EST for our weekly—and final—live-tweet of the two-hour episode, along with these other fine fellows, and check back tomorrow for our final recap. To revel in all V.F.’s many Downton features, go here.

Finale day! Don’t forget to dress for dinner and join us at 9 p.m. EST for our weekly—and final—live-tweet of the two-hour episode, along with these other fine fellows, and check back tomorrow for our final recap. To revel in all V.F.’s many Downton features, go here.

“I’m astride a steed. Astreed, really, shouldn’t it be?”
Lady Mary. Photograph courtesy of Masterpiece.

“I’m astride a steed. Astreed, really, shouldn’t it be?”

Lady Mary. Photograph courtesy of Masterpiece.


“The Great War quite agrees  with old Matthew, now the decidedly hunkier ‘Captain Crawley,’ who has  lost his weak chin and the milquetoast mumbling, as well as a sizable  chunk of his solicitor’s pudge. (Lest you think this is some scripted  sop to W.W.I.’s ravaging effects—a Fellowes allusion to the scarcity of  rations in wintertime France?—actor Dan Stevens helpfully allows it was because Twitter kept calling him fat).”

More recap of Downton Abbey’s Season Two premiere episode, here!

“The Great War quite agrees with old Matthew, now the decidedly hunkier ‘Captain Crawley,’ who has lost his weak chin and the milquetoast mumbling, as well as a sizable chunk of his solicitor’s pudge. (Lest you think this is some scripted sop to W.W.I.’s ravaging effects—a Fellowes allusion to the scarcity of rations in wintertime France?—actor Dan Stevens helpfully allows it was because Twitter kept calling him fat).”

More recap of Downton Abbey’s Season Two premiere episode, here!