Downton Abbey is a bubble. It's a wonderful, magical world where the sudden entrance of a gigantic fortune comes just as we thought all was lost, where men in wheelchairs suddenly walk again, where turn-of-the-century British aristocrats have a shockingly anachronistic attitude about homosexuality. It's a soap opera in fancy clothes, and that's why we love it.
But once the cameras wrap after a hard day's work of trotting around in lace petticoats and hunting britches, these actors and actresses have to return to the hard, cold reality of the 21st century. They're real people with other jobs, families, and most of all, outfits. Because we know this can be hard to remember, we've put together this handy guide that will help talk you down when your feelings about, say, a certain character's sudden death get way too real. It's okay, buddy. It's just pretend.
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