Friday, September 20, 2013

Brendan Coyle: Mr Bates favourite to die in Downton Abbey series four

Mr Bates favourite to die in Downton Abbey series four

Ellie Walker-Arnott
11:52 AM, 19 September 2013

Downton Abbey's return is imminent. And this is the question on everyone's lips...

Who will Julian Fellowes kill off next?

We lost Lady Sybil AND Matthew Crawley in the show's third series/ Christmas special. If we were in Downton Abbey, we'd be worried. But, according to the bookies, some of the cast members have more reason to be concerned than others...

With worryingly short odds of 3/1, Lord Grantham's valet Bates should be quaking in his boots. As should sneaky under butler Thomas Barrow, who's 7/1 to meet his maker. Perhaps the pair will perish together when old rivalries come to a head?

The Dowager Countess is the third most likely character to get the chop, with odds of 8/1 from William Hill. In our humble opinion, Fellowes would be a fool to axe the quick-tongued matriarch, who, let's be fair, is the reason plenty of us tune into the Sunday night show. But, you never know, this might be the season Maggie Smith decides to leave the Abbey behind...

Violet's son Robert is next in line for the kill, with 10/1, while Downton's cook Mrs Patmore has odds of 12/1. We'd keep away from that newfangled and unpredictable electric mixer if we were you, Patmore.


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