*WARNING: Spoilers for Victoria series 2 episode 3 to follow*
During episode three of Victoria, Lord M's health seemed to deteriorate to the point of no return. The former prime minister had been suffering dizzy spells, and, when the Queen went to visit with a gift of a musical rook, it seemed like a final goodbye.
Now viewers' worst fears have been realised: ITV have confirmed to RadioTimes.com that Rufus Sewell, who plays Lord M, will not appear again in the drama.
It goes without saying that Sewell, who also stars in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle, will be sorely missed.
Farewell, Lord M.