Mind Blown: These Totally Unexpected 'Downton Abbey' Characters Were Supposed to Wind Up Together

Like, NOBODY shipped these two.

Now that Downton Abbey is out of our lives for good and the statute of limitations on leaking info to the press has passed, Allen Leech/Branson is just $#%^ing going for it. Fully support you, man.

At Deadline's The Contenders Emmy event Sunday, Leech casually revealed that a crucial bit of DA canon was never meant to be. (Along with the fact that his character was only supposed to appear in three episodes, plus the possibility of a movie.)

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But, YEAH: "Matthew Crawley was supposed to end up with Sybil," Leech said, probably to a chorus of horrified gasps/mass fainting. Of course it couldn't have happened with both of them being dead and all, but it never would have worked anyway—way too much niceness in one couple. 

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