Fans are so addicted to hit series Downton Abbey that some sent death threats to Bonneville who plays the role of Lord Grantham when he makes a life or death decision on the show.
And what is the cause for the uproar?
In tonight's episode Lord Grantham was placed in the impossible situation of having to choose between the advice of two doctors whose opinions were radically different. The tension mounts as his youngest daughter is on the verge of having a baby. One doctor advises that she is all right and he can deliver the baby safely inside Downton Abbey. The other doctor warns that Lady Sybil may die if she is not rushed to the nearest hospital where the child should be delivered by Caesarean section.
Unfortunately for Lady Sybil, Lord Grantham sides with the doctor who was mistaken. While her baby is successfully born, Lady Sybil dies later that same night.
When asked about his response to the threats, Bonneville said he was flattered that fans were taking the show so seriously.
"People on twitter were devastated! It shows how people are invested in the world of Downton Abbey," he said after hearing of the threats.
He further said, "It's a compliment they care so much."
Bonneville said he hopes to continue acting in the series until writer Julian Fellowes decides to end the drama which is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It is soon to be aired in China.
Originally a hit series in Britain, "Downton Abbey" has been picked up in the United States by the Public Broadcasting System where it is now runnning in its third successful season at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights.
The series is filmed at Highclere Castle which is owned by Earl and Lady Carnarvon. It is open for tours at certain times of the year. A previous owner of the castle financed the archaeological expedition which discovered the tomb of King Tut in Egypt.
All of the key actors are signed up for a fourth season except for Jessica Brown Findley who played the role of Lady Sybil.
Anohter episode of Downton Abbey has ended tonight and fans eagerly await next Sunday night to see what events take place in the lives of their beloved characters of Downton Abbey!
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