In response to this week's writing challenge-Writer Wednesday Prompt #67: Acceptance Speech
Downton Abbey received a SAG award a month ago and if creator Julian Fellowes was to make his acceptance speech the day after Season 3 ended I am sure it would go something like this:
Thank you for this award and to those who were not appreciative of my writing out dear Sybil and Cousin Matthew I have this to say to all of you:
Killing off characters in Christmas episodes is tradition. In the UK the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill off huge quantities of their characters. They have trams coming off their rails, cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. That time of the year is always a general clear-out!
Some say I should have "offed" both Lord Grantham and Mathew Crawley for the sake of keeping sweet Lady Sybil alive. I don't see why I have to defend anything, as Dan Stevens chose to leave. Yes, it was hard and heartbreaking, but - well that's life. The show is a melodrama after all. Not to worry, I'm sure Dan Stevens will show up on a Law & Order SVU episode very soon. What would you like me to write? A Ken Burns documentary?
I am shocked that I am constantly criticized about Downton's death list this season and not for other creative things I have written. Matthew, a trained Army officer, responsible for the lives and training of many men, needed help from a gamekeeper in how to aim and fire a rifle in the last episode. Am I the only one who found this more peculiar than his death? No one questioned me about that!
Yes, Cora got pregnant, only to slip on a bar of soap and suffer a miscarriage. Next, Sybil gave birth, but shortly afterward died from eclampsia. Then Mary gave birth, and her husband immediately got creamed by a truck.
So why not question me about whether Downton Abbey was built on ancient Indian burial ground that someone dug up and transported to England? Does no one else see Mary and Branson hooking up, down the road? That being said Matthew's death was tragic and shocking, but the biggest shock to me, is having viewers in Canada and the United States wait over a year for season 4.
Thank you for this award and the lesson here is - don't have a baby on Downton Abbey.
The Humm just published another of my stories in their newspaper and online page 7