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Rumours have been mounting of Maggie Smith’s possible departure from Downton Abbey recently, after it was revealed that she hadn’t decided whether or not to sign on for the fourth and fifth series of the show. In a new interview, show creator Julian Fellowes has spoken about his thoughts on the prospect of life after Violet Crawley.

Speaking to Today.com, Fellowes said the following:

“I can’t pretend it won’t be a knife in my heart when she decides to move on. But in dramatic life as in anything else, you just have to get on with it, really. If she leaves and they want the show to continue, we will have to carry on. But I will be very sorry.”

Do you think that the show will continue should Dame Maggie Smith leave?  Let us know!

  • goldensnidget

    NO!!!!! She makes my life worth living. Ok, that’s an overstatement… But she is by far the best character. If I was going to have a girlcrush, then it would definitely be on her…….

  • http://profiles.google.com/dzabdi88 Zignat Abdisubhan

    The show would suffer greatly without her presence. I love her soooo much!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    I really doubt she’d leave when she has such a fanbase as the Dowager Countess at the present… Unless, of course… She’s gotten sick again. :(

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    Let’s hope she stays! She’s on of the best characters in the show!!! There isn’t a line where she isn’t deliciously sarcastic and funny.

  • upper_westsider

    NO PLEASE!!!!  She’s the best part of the show!!!!

  • Slingo34

    Oh PLEASE MAGGIE STAY!!! You are by far my favorite character in just about everything you do!!!! We love you MAGGIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://dervish-banges.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I think it’s a fantastic show, with or without Maggie Smith. Yes, she is absolutely amazing. But what I love about this show is that it isn’t counting on her presence to be a good drama. It’s the cast as a whole that makes this one of my favorite new shows, and I would miss her but I wouldn’t think that it should affect the show too greatly.

  • http://twitter.com/jennywiggin Jenny Wiggin 

    They would have to make some crazy plot twist to write her out! But that would be fine, the writing in this show is fantastic. She would be missed though, no doubt about that!

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    I know :(

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