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In order to prevent another Season Three death-fest, the producers of Downton Abbey have locked in the key actors to large three-year contracts.  Woohooo!!!!!

After Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay decided not to renew their original contracts with the show and their characters had to be killed off – one on Christmas Day, no less – the show couldn’t afford another “exodus” from the key actors.  To solve that problem, it is being reported that the bigger names –  Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, and Allen Leech – on Downton Abbey have signed three-year contracts.  The Sun is reporting that some, if not all, are over £1m each.

An insider tells The Sun, “Downton’s charm is tradition so bosses were desperate to secure the show’s big names. All the major characters are now on big deals.”

That is excellent news for Downton fans everywhere!!!!  It is certainly an indication that we might get more than just a Season Five.  Wooohoooo!!!!