Downton Abbey: the Twitter reaction

Here's what the Twittersphere thought of last night's Lady Sybil shocker...

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We’d all heard the rumours that a well-loved character would be departing Downton this series, but nothing could prepare fans for last night’s shocking plot twist… 

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While there were plenty of other story lines in the fifth episode of the new series – a bit of flirty clock winding, Ethel burning the dinner and Anna finding proof that Bates is innocent – Twitter was awash with one thing and one thing only: the birth of a new family member and Lady Sybil’s untimely death.

From tears to tantrums, here’s the very vocal Twitter reaction to last night’s Downton Abbey…

The episode started off tamely enough. Downstairs the staff were excited about the arrival of the baby; Mary and Sybil discussed Mary’s plans for starting a family with Matthew; and tweeters conversed on trivial matters like Sybil’s unusually scruffy appearance. If only they knew what was about to happen…

While tragedy loomed unseen ahead, other tweeters were amused by bumbling exchanges between the two rival doctors.

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But tweeters soon started to sense that something was going to go horribly wrong…

And as the episode got darker, many viewers didn’t know what to do with themselves, harking back to simpler Downton times…

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There was a short respite from the drama when Sybil gave birth to a healthy baby girl, but before long tragedy struck and the Twittersphere celebs quickly went into mourning for the youngest Crawley daughter… 

While famous fans sobbed over Sybil’s departure from Downton:

Other tweeters skipped straight to the anger stage of grief and took to Twitter to share their rage:

Some especially upset viewers felt that killing off Lady Sybil was a step too far, and turned on the ITV drama…

Uh oh. We hope you’re listening Fellowes. You’re going to have some making up to do next week…

But, angry or sad, everyone agreed that Maggie Smith stole the show with an understated wobble at the end of the episode – a wobble which proved too much for some viewers…

Even a good night’s sleep didn’t help some Downton fans get over the shock…

This morning Radio Times columnist Sarah Millican tweeted:

While tweeter Dave Lewis is finding it hard to get back to normal: 

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Yet while the Twittersphere remains in mourning for lovely Lady Sybil, one tweeter has managed to see a positive side to the situation…