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Downton Abbey Pulls at the Heartstrings - SPOILER ALERT


This week’s Downton Abbey may be the most talked about episode so far – it has blown up the Twitter-sphere, been all over the blogs and may have caused an increase in tissue sales. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it here: and then pop back over to this blog for more information.


Once again, if you haven’t seen this episode, the spoilers start… Now!


In this episode of Downton Abbey  - Season 3, Episode 4 – the Crawleys faces the severest test yet with the untimely passing of one of the family’s three daughters. While millions of viewers were watching, the family celebrated the birth of a healthy baby girl only to watch the seemingly healthy mother succumb to eclampsia. It was certainly a terrible tear-jerker.


The impact of her death impacted the cast as well. Here what they had to say:

Although it’s been more than 80 years since the time of Downton Abbey, eclampsia continues to claim the lives of mothers and infants today. PBS has provided the following contact information for those seeking more information about eclampsia, pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, which are truly life-threatening conditions that are still major threats to maternal and infant health today:

Toll Free: 800-665-9341

Phone: 321-421-6957


How did this episode affect you? Are you enjoying Season 3? Let us know in the comments section below! We'd love to hear from you.

Posted on: 01/31/2013 • Programs


This was such an incredibly heartbreaking episode. Thomas' reaction did me in.

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