Julian Fellowes Says Christmas Specials Are Always That Harsh

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Yesterday, after the brutal ending to Downton Abbey season three (which aired as a Christmas special in the U.K.), Vulture wondered whether the show had it out for its cast. Today, in part two of his interview with the Times, Julian Fellowes pleads his innocence. "Most of the soap operas always use the Christmas special to kill huge quantities of their characters. So they have trams coming off their rails, or cars slamming into each other or burning buildings. It's a general clean-out." Well, if it's a tradition.