HOW DOWNTON ABBEY SHOULD END: It’s 1931. With the entail abolished by the Real Property Act of 1925, Matthew has managed to legitimize a will that appoints his and Mary’s daughter heiress to the estate. The legacy of what has always been her home now in her daughter’s hands and the country one step closer to gender equality, something her departed youngest sister passionately and admirably fought for as early as in her teens, Mary has accomplished the one thing in life she’s wished for most and she is, at last, utterly and perfectly happy.
MODERN DOWNTON AU → It’s Christmas Day and Matthew and Mary have their friends and family over. With Matthew in charge of making sure all mugs and glasses remain filled, the guests find themselves more occupied with getting the rules of charades right than with playing the actual game. Meanwhile Cora and Mary prepare dinner in the kitchen and Granny turns up fashionably late.