Downton Abbey Season 4: The Tax Season

downton-abbey-series-4-cast-photo(Warning: depending on how far you are in Downton Abbey, there may be no, minor, or major spoilers ahead.)

Like apparently pretty much all British drama, Downton Abbey’s central, motivating issue is inheritance. As the series begins, Lord Grantham’s cousin and the cousin’s son have died on the Titanic. Lord Grantham has no sons, and doesn’t want to break the entail on the estate, so he cannot leave his estate or his money to his daughters. Instead, Matthew, a distant cousin, becomes the heir.  Continue reading