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Downton Abbey: Season Finale in Review

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: You know, for a finale to such an amazing season, this definitely fell short for me. The highlights of the final episode of “Downton Abbey” this season were none of the gigantic and lame plot twists, but were the small moments. Bates and Anna’s picnic. Rose grabbing Anna when it was time to dance the reel. Thomas and James at the beginning of what hopefully will be “a beautiful friendship.” Carson carrying baby Sybil. Cora getting choked up talking about revolutionary, modern daughters. Mrs. Pattmore and Mrs. Hughes sharing a spot of tea and laughing over presumptuous grocers. But throughout the entire episode, it felt like little tiny mounds of conflict were being made over sticks of dynamite that just kept being added to and added to as the episode went on, and one by one they exploded, awkwardly, with some piles still in tact for next season.

NAVA BRAHE: Well, there we have it: Matthew has been conveniently killed off in the spirit of high drama that occurs on the most commonplace of soap operas. I must admit that it was a huge disappointment for me as well, and I agree with Howard that “Downton Abbey” has likely “jumped the shark” with Dan Stevens’ departure.

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Downton Abbey: Season 2 Finale

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: “Downton Abbey,” you have successfully ripped my heart out, put it back in, ripped it out again, put a cute little bow on it, spritzed it with glitter spray, and put it back in again. It may be over until Season Three, but the Yuletide finale of Season Two of “Downton Abbey” made the tearjerking episodes of the past look like “I Love Lucy” in comparison. Whew! Between Anna’s shriek upon hearing Bates’s death sentence and Matthew’s climactic proposal to Mary, my heart strings tugged and bound me to every second of this final episode.

MICHAEL CUMMINGS: For me, five moments from the Season 2 finale of Downton Abbey have stood the test of time from Sunday to, um, the middle of this week.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It’s official: the normally-astute Jason Diamond could not be more wrong about Downton Abbey as the least-Jewish show in television history. Mr. Bates is a Jewish mother nonpareil, regardless of his actual ethnic background.

ZOË RICE: The season 2 finale of Downton Abbey was destined to touch its viewers – whether with Anna and Bates, Mary and Matthew, poor William’s dad and guileless Daisy, or even Mary’s genuinely good-natured farewell to Sir Richard. Wherever the characters went during these 90 minutes, I was game to follow raptly. Continue reading

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