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There’s another Downton Abbey shocker to report today: one actress has revealed she won’t be coming back for series 4. Spoiler warning!

The actress in question is Siobhan Finneran, known to viewers as Sarah O’Brien (servant to Lady Grantham). “I’m not doing any more,” she told The Mirror in a quick interview bit released today. “O’Brien is a thoroughly despicable human being — that was great to play.”

TV Line says that her departure will be noted on the show but take place off screen. There is believed to be a 6-month time gap in between series 3 and 4.

Despite her negative attitude, we always enjoyed O’Brien’s presence on the show and we’ll absolutely miss her. Who will take care of Lady Grantham now?

Finneran isn’t the only cast member to want to leave. Jessica Brown Findlay (Sybil) and Dan Stevens (Matthew) both were written out, and their departure was created via untimely deaths.

If there’s one problem with Downton Abbey, it’s that the huge cast makes it feel like the actors and actresses are dropping more often than on regular television shows. Unlike Sybil and Matthew, O’Brien may simply get a new job rather than die unexpectedly. No matter what happens, we won’t see it because series 3 was Finneran’s last.

Our opinion on these departing cast: we wish they’d appreciate the huge success of the show more and ride it out for at least a few more seasons. Stevens appeared to be afraid to be typecast or let the show take up too much of his time. While understandable, this may’ve been the gig of his lifetime. The show has seen growing ratings in both the United States and United Kingdom.

  • Diggles

    Oh boy! Here’s another one. Oh well, didn’t like her anyway (the character).

  • Winkyxx

    :( nooo!

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I loved to hate O’Brien! I wanted to see her more developed but I guess that won’t be happening now. LJASK If Thomas, Anna, Bates, or Daisy leave I swear I will throw things at my television.

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  • Winkyxx

    I agree though.. they should have stayed with DA…. i mean come on, what is Dan doing now? COME BACK.
    Oh and sybil too…but her death scene was pretty good.

  • https://twitter.com/slasher777 Alex

    Good riddance, super bitch.
    Won’t miss you at all.

  • Sam

    I bet they’re going to replace her with that other “O’Brian”… you know the lady who took care of Rose’s mother.

    I also think Dan Stevens made a mistake leaving the show… I wonder if they’ll regret leaving when the ratings keep rising and the show keeps getting bigger every year…

    • spacie19

      That chick who left after the first season of Star Trek TNG sure did, and then they started writing her back in for alternative realities or as a relative! Just hope DA doesn’t go that way!

  • Amanda

    She probably went to India with Shrimpy’s wife

    • ForFrodo

      Yeah, I agree. Too bad we couldn’t see her goodbye to Cora, I always thought O’Brien was kinda in love with her.

  • Betsy

    I wonder if there’s going to be a multiple-year jump between seasons 3 and 4? I mean, it’d be hard with Rose’s storyline, but it’d be good to see Mary starting to come out of mourning and have the little kids growing up a bit. Otherwise, yeah, maybe they send her off to India and she gets malaria or something. :P

    • aschech626

      season 4 will start 6 months later than season 3 ended

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    i know we’re all thinking it, but can we stop judging these people for wanting to leave the show? if they were singing from the roof tops about how much they hated being on the show, it’d be one thing, but we should stop jumping to conclusions that people are being ungrateful or uppity. it’s exhausting.

    that aside – in terms of the story – i’d like to think she’s going with Mrs. Shrimpy to India. Mrs. Shrimpy had a wicked maid-crush on O’Brien. and Obviously O’Brien thinks everybody at Downton knows about the soap (which they dont, only Thomas really does), so hopefully inside that stone cold heart she feels shameful and guilty and her only way to cope is to leave.

    • spacie19

      Nope, still judging.

  • Anna S.

    I agree with this decision. Don’t get me wrong I love to hate O’Brien as much as anyone! But, they definitely hinted at here leaving to go travel and be with the MacClares. And even though it had been a year since the Jimmy incident, we didn’t get to see Thomas and O’Brien interact and I can’t see how they continued to work together. Especially now that he is in a higher position.

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    No suprise there after what was hinted at in the Christmas special – she runs off to India with Rose’s parents.

  • Guest

    I hear the distant wailing of Carson/O’Brien shippers..

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