Downton Abbey Season 3 Death: Who Will It Be?

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Downton Abbey will raise the stakes on season three, as producer Rebecca Eaton made it as clear as could be in a recent chat with The Orlando Sentinel:

"Somebody will be born, and somebody will die," Eaton told the newspaper, adding that death will befall "somebody pretty key in the cast.”

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The other major piece of season three news, of course, concerns Shirley MacLaine coming on board as the mother of Lady Grantham. This character will arrive at a time when the family is in need of money.

“There are some wonderful scenes between [Maggie Smith] and Shirley MacLaine — Shirley MacLaine being as ditsy as ever,” previews Eaton. "Maggie barely restrain[ed] her sneer in having to deal with this American."

In closing Eaton promises a wedding between Matthew and Lady Mary, leading many to wonder if the aforementioned baby scoop is related. With Downton Abbey not returning to American television until January, we have plenty of time to ponder that possibility.

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Of Sybil has a boy then won't he displace Matthew as heir?!?

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Sybil was indeed about 14 when the series began. She was wearing her hair down during the day, something an older girl would not have done. The first season covered almost four years, so it's perfectly consistent for Lord Crawley to have said that Cora hadn't been pregnant in 18 years, since the season ended just after her miscarriage.

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Okay, I defo think that the baby will be Sybil and Branson's, because it says that on the Christmas Special, and it says that those two will be returning for ALL of series 3.
I for one hope that Sybil will not die in child birth, but it is a major possibility. But I think that people saying that Branson will die in the Irish Revolution is a little bit out there. Also, Branson never has wanted to fight, he didn't in WW1, so I bet he doesn't want to in the Irish Revolution! And, there are snapshots I have seen of Branson having dinner with the rest of the family, and there being a few heated discussions, so he is obviously there and not fighting!
Julian Fellows has said that he dearly wishes for Violet to return, as she is leaving in Series 3, but he has also said that he is not killing her off, as he loves her character, and when or if she wants to return she can, without her having to return from the grave.
The death is still a mystery to me, but I hope it's Cora, she's quite annoying, and they did almost kill her off last series too.
But CAN NOT WAIT until series 3!!!! ;)

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Sybil and Branson will have the baby.
The Dowager Countess(Maggie Smith) will die
Edith and Sir Anthony Strallan will be married

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I am obsessed with this series and can't wait for more. My bet is that Sybill will have had the baby by the time the series starts. If what I read is true and she is forging ahead with a movie career they will keep her in Ireland on the sidelines but as she is so popular they won't kill her off. I think it will either be Edith (as they can't marry her off), the Dowager (as Maggie Smith has not signed on for series four or five (I've read) or even Isobel as she isn't as central to the story line any more. The baby will be Mary and Matthew's as the series is over a time span of 18 months? The wedding will be theirs too. I want to see if Patrick Crawley comes back too. That storyline was never really resolved.....

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Cora will die thus opening door for Shirley McLane coming into the series.
Plus gives a new twist as to the future of the estate' line of succession. Will the Earl find a new wife? Did the maid who he had a tryst with and quit reappear and her son the adopted new heir?

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Branson will DIE for sure. I wish it was Bates, but he is too popular. Sybil will have a son. Maggie Smith won't die, I think she'll just go to America or will just be written off. I don't think Matthew and Mary will have a baby in Series 3, and I have a feeling she won't be able to conceive- maybe she got VD off of Permuk. I don't want to see Edith and that OLD crippled guy Strallan get married. I don't want Edith to even find a boyfriend period. I want her to keep getting desperate. Bates' wife committed suicide- some people think Richard Carlyle killed her? Will they bring back "Patrick Crawley?" Ugh- he was freaky!

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i want to cover a variety of things here. first of all i think the death will be either carson, because he had some health issues in season 2 and because he is a major character. violet, even though shes fun to watch this is her last season and lets face it considering the ages on that show her character must be as old as dirt. mabey sybil for the drama effect, or branson so sibil must come back. death aside i am hoping bates and anna have a happy ending, but to me it seemed in season two he acted differently. also this is kinda random but in the end of season two it was 1920 and in the beging of the series it was 1912, mary said that sybil was 21 so that would make her fourteen at the start right? for me it just didnt seem like it what do you think.

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I believe the birth will be Sybil's child, and although very likely I hope she does not die in childbirth. I also do not hope this in any way but I think that Carson's death would certainly be a game changer and bring some interesting things into the plot.

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I think it will probably be Maggie Smith. No matter how much we don't want it to happen, season 3 is her last. I think it would be interesting if Branson dies because then we would have a depressed Sybil story line. Also I don't think Matthew would die. They wouldn't do that. My thoughts on Branson dying are such; he won't. I wouldn't be appalled cause he can be kind of annoying sometimes (sorry to all the Branson fans). Although it would be interesting to have Sybil be sad, I don't think he will die in the Irish revolution because didn't he get denied for the war because of his heart condition? Although I guess if it was a revolution that may not come into affect. My gretest bet is Vilot even of we don't want it to happen. Another option is that they chose someone surprising because everyone knows Maggie smith is leaving so that wouldn't be a great shock if she died. I can't wait for season 3. Why can't it come back soon instead of not until 2013????????

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