Mid-1918. Lord Grantham receives some shocking news from the front; both Matthew and William have been wounded in France. Unfortunately, William has sustained serious damage to his lungs and is unable to recover, prompting him to ask Daisy to marry him before he dies. Meanwhile, Matthew has suffered a serious spinal-cord injury and is paralysed from the waist down. He is told that he will never walk again or father children. Lavinia insists that this changes nothing and that she is not concerned about having a sexual relationship and children but only wants to care for him. However, Matthew tells her to forget him and sends her away, while Mary attempts to nurse him back to health.
A new maid, Jane, is hired after Carson and Mrs Hughes decide to take her on, despite her being a war widow with children. Mrs Hughes has also been secretly helping Ethel and her baby, as Ethel's lover Major Bryant has ignored her pleas.
A very sad episode! Poor Matthew and William! RIP William! xx