As we prepare to say farewell to Downton Abbey , let's get in the mood by recalling some of the biggest tear-jerker departures the series has given us.
You'll be wishing you had a freshly ironed hankerchief by the end of this sombre trip down memory lane.
The shock road crash death of Mathew Crawley
Did anyone see that one coming? No, we thought not. Matthew was the happiest he had ever been. For a matter of minutes. Matthew’s jaw-dropping exit on the day he became a father took Mary a very long time to get over and we’re still not sure we’ve recovered.
Lady Sybil’s passing
Should she or shouldn’t she have had the emergency caesarian? The youngest of the three Crawley girls had only just made Lord and Lady Grantham grandparents when she passed away dramatically of eclampsia. Leaving Tom a widower and Sybbie motherless.
William’s heroic despatch
Sweetheart to a reluctant Daisy, footman turned soldier William gave his own life to save Matthew. He wasn’t killed instantly, giving him enough time to marry Daisy on his deathbed.
Lavinia Swire succumbs to Spanish flu
Spanish flu swept the house and it looked a lot like Lady Grantham was going to breathe her last but it was Matthew’s fiancé Lavinia who became the virus’s victim. Matthew was wracked with guilt but her death did leave him free to marry Mary.
Michael Gregson’s grisly end
This one's doubly sad because we had to say goodbye to him twice. Poor Edith was all ready to leave behind her family’s pitying looks - all Micheal had to do was go to Germany and become a citizen so he could aquire a divorce and allow them to marry. Sadly Hitler’s brown shirts had other ideas and finally Micheal, who we hoped was just missing, was declared dead.
Isis the dog’s dignified demise
Lord Grantham’s faithful ‘other woman’ stuck by his side for five series but lovely labrador Isis is now wagging her tail in the great kennel in the sky.