yoassbutt said: Hey! I have currently have just started DA and caught up to the Christmas special of S4. Why did Dan leave? I've been poking around your blog and saw that he was the exact opposite of Matthew (from your descriptions, of course). I just want to know what happened a couple years back. Thank you!
Hello there! :) To put it quite simply, Mr. Stevens decided to leave the show to pursue “bigger and better” opportunities. And by this, I mean leading roles in *groundbreaking* films such as Vamps, The Fifth Estate, and Summer in February. Ok, I’m joking with that last part- the films were panned by critics and can be considered mediocre at best… Essentially, DA stopped being fulfilling for DS, and he decided to move on from the show. That may not sound problematic, but you should have seen the way DS was acting leading up to his departure! In many of his interviews leading up to the S3 Christmas Special, DS made snide remarks about the show and its creator, Julian Fellowes who mind you, helped to put his name on the map. I mean, how could an actor who had once praised the show, do a complete 360? It baffles me… There was a bunch of speculation during this time whether or not DS would leave the show, and it appeared DS was not so sure himself; apparently DS was still in the process of making up his mind at the time of filming the Christmas special and Fellowes wanted to keep the finale open-ended. However, at the very last minute, DS decided he was done and that’s why we have the ending we have. This guy then has the AUDACITY to publish a piece right after the Christmas special explaining why he left, which ultimately makes him sound more arrogant than ever. Again, it’s not why he left, it’s about how he left. He could have taken the higher road and left gracefully like Jessica Brown Findlay, but no, he decided to do the exact opposite and open his loud mouth. DS also had a Twitter meltdown in the midst of all of this, where he attacked fans of the show who were simply voicing their opinions. I don’t know if I’m explaining this clearly, and I’m sure I’m missing some details, but that’s basically the gist of our disdain for DS!
Hope that helps! (And if anyone has anything else to add, feel free to do so!) :)