Matthew lives in England in the early twentieth century.
For a living, he inadvertently inherits other people’s obscenely large fortunes…
…and then nobly does everything in his power to refuse the money.
His love interest is the lovely Lady Mary.
Their relationship has been on again…
…and on again…
(though not before a hint of being off again).
Matthew Crawley is played by someone who is a real person, who lives in the twenty-first century.
He has a real name, and a real wife, and a real child.
But I don’t need to know about any of that.
All I need of Matthew Crawley is Matthew Crawley.
In all his devilish handsomeness.
And horrifically proper sense of morality.
And miraculous ability to heal himself from devastating, war-inflicted paralyzation.
Matthew stands to inherit Downton Abbey.
And it will be the most delicious of slow burns to watch over the next few weeks to see if he actually does.
(Season 3 of Downton Abbey premiered here in the U.S. last night, so no spoilers, please, if the whole season has already aired in your country!)
(That said, in finding the pictures for this post, I accidentally ran into two spoilers that I'm incredibly upset to learn about before seeing on TV. Dammit, dammit, dammit...)
(P.S. I think Thomas needs a love interest this season, am I right?)