“You have a straight forward choice before you. You must choose either death or life.” ~ The Dowager Countess
Downton Abbey begins its 5th season this weekend. Let us take this opportunity to review the first rule of Downton Abbey Social Media etiquette, shall we?
Do not under any circumstances share any element of the plot until at minimum six weeks after the season has ended in America.
There are many exceptionally passionate Downton Abbey viewers. A few of these people watch the show live; some like me, DVR and watch the show within a day or so and there are some download the show weeks and months later on iTunes. Civilized people never use social media disclose major plot complications or character situations until EVERYONE has had a reasonable chance to watch the episode because one never knows who, upon hearing an unwanted disclosure….will shank you.
I was in Ireland when I saw the episode where Lady Sybil died. I didn’t quite know what to do. There was nobody to talk to about it. I couldn’t Facebook about it as cousins and friends from High School would react badly. I resigned myself to either taking the news to my grave or waiting five months for the episode to air in the US before, whichever came first. When Matthew died in the car crash, It was all, “Who Shot J.R.”, but oh crap, who doesn’t know yet. I swallowed that information like it was a mortal sin.
Things like, “Oh good Shirley MacLaine is back” , is a cool thing to tweet, and “I can’t believe they killed Matthew” will get you eviscerated by your closest friends and beloved family members.
Happy viewing, people!