Heat­ing up Down­ton at

Fiona Byrne and Dar­ren Dev­lyn re­port on smash hit Down­ton Abbey and its shock­ing sea­son fi­nale

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THE fi­nal two episodes of sea­son two are scorchers. Down­ton Abbey’s Lady Mary (Michelle Dock­ery) is set to marry cad­dish Richard Carlisle (Iain Glen), but she re­mains des­per­ately in love with Matthew (Dan Stevens), the heir to Down­ton.

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters is Matthew’s con­nec­tion to Lavinia (Zoe Boyle). They too are headed for the altar, but will an out­break of the dreaded Span­ish flu ruin the plan?

The mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion is if Matthew and Mary will ever solve the ‘‘ will they or won’t they’’ ques­tion that has puz­zled fans of the show, who have taken to call­ing them the Ross and Rachel (from Friends) of pe­riod drama.

Dock­ery, a 29-year-old clas­si­cally trained ac­tor who is proud of her work­ing-class up­bring­ing in Es­sex, is still com­ing to terms with scor­ing a role in such a mas­sively suc­cess­ful show.

She loves play­ing the oc­ca­sion­ally prickly, of­ten out­spo­ken Mary and ex­plor­ing the for­bid­den love sto­ry­line.

A dev­as­tat­ing event in Sun­day’s episode could change the com­plex­ion of the show com­pletely.

‘‘ Dan and I have some peo­ple say­ing, ‘ When are you go­ing to get to­gether’; other peo­ple don’t want us to get to­gether,’’ Dock­ery says.

‘‘ I think it is re­ally mixed. Some­times I’ll meet some­one who says, ‘ Gosh, you are quite a bitch in Down­ton’. Other peo­ple have re­ally warmed to the char­ac­ter. It is quite var­ied and I think that is a real credit (to the show’s creators) be­cause the char­ac­ters are so in­ter­est­ing be­cause they are not one-di­men­sional.

‘‘ Mary is quite a com­plex char­ac­ter. Mary has cer­tainly ma­tured a lot more in se­ries two. She seems to have a lot more sin­cer­ity and is less of a snob than she was.’’

Dock­ery says

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