“Christmas at Downton Abbey”
The glimmer of hope that would light up the never ending spiral of tragedy that was “Downton Abbey” was the Christmas Special. Some more sinister or morbid than others, the second season offering “Christmas at Downton Abbey” offered the first real happy moment for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Cousin Matthew (Dan Stevens). True “Downton” fans know this happiness would not last, but for one brief, snowy moment the two finally connected after countless, breathless episodes of hot, will-they-won’t-they elbow grazing and eye fluttering.
Outside of the beloved manor, Matthew gets on one knee and proposes to Mary, who happily accepts his offer. Meanwhile the news that sister Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) is pregnant surprises the family (yet another happiness this heartless drama will eventually destroy) and Mr. Bates’ (Brendan Coyle) conviction of death is overturned to merely life in prison. It’s a Christmas miracle!