I mean, you watched, right? If you didn’t, come back when you did, please.
So on Sunday night when the camera cut away on the Season Three premier of Downton Abbey just as Mary and Matthew reached the altar together—and then the scene came back up when they were driving along merrily after their honeymoon!—I let out a rather high-pitched shriek and may or may not have thrown off my blanket and jumped up indignantly from the couch, possibly spilling some Baileys-spiked decaf onto my viewing companions.
Never have the Crawleys hosted an event that we did not see in full detail: The preparations both upstairs and down, the near-catastrophies, the dresses, the dramas, the excess. So never did I imagine that we would see but a lick of Mary and Matthew’s wedding!
Turns out the producers figured that we, the viewers, have all watched approximately 40,000 weddings in movies and on TV before, and that they thought they’d do a little something different by not giving us our 40,0001st, and that anyway, the real drama in the situation was whether or not M&M would even make it to said altar after their disagreement the night before. (Side note: Was the door-divided make-up scene not the loveliest thing ever?)
To be honest, I was actually worried that the first half of the two-hour premiere was going to be all pre-wedding drama, and then that the second half would be entirely the wedding, which I hoped wouldn’t happen, so I totally get what they’re saying, and appreciate their thought process. I just would have loved to have seen maybe one little scene from the reception—for the costumes, which you know would have just been beyond, for maybe a cute little extra scene between Sybil and Tom, to maybe just squeeze in one more more-perfect-than-perfect interaction between Shirley MacClaine and Maggie Smith. But I get it. And it’s true, without it we probably did get a lot more out of the second hour.
But that’s just me. What do you think? Do you wish you had seen more of the Crawley wedding in all its glory? Or do you enjoy the producers’ fresh approach?