Downton Abbey fans are in shock after witnessing a bloody scene akin to Alien or Saw this week.
British broadcaster ITV went as far as to warn fans of the “shocking scenes”, but it seems no one was prepared for The Red Dinner.
In the episode, main character Lord Grantham suffers a burst ulcer, suddenly spewing blood and thick mucus all over the pristine Downton dinner table.
Poor Cora, Countess of Grantham, is on the receiving end of some of the spill, but remains stoic as the family scrambles to call an ambulance and quell the deluge.
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Not normally known for its violent scenes, Downton Abbey’s huge popularity is credited to its dramatic portrayal of an aristocratic family and their servants living in Yorkshire, England.
British actor Michael Fox, who plays footman Andy, told TV show This Morning that only the main actors in the scene were aware of what was about to happen.
“It was pretty graphic… Hugh was so good at it, because we only had one take because they can’t re-set the tables and stuff,” he said.
“And Elizabeth [McGovern] got covered because the distance it travelled was slightly further than Elizabeth was expecting.
“Just suddenly, like, ‘Woah, okay I’m covered in blood’…”
Unsurprisingly, fans of the show, now in its final season, took to social media to vent their various emotions.
As an ex-midwife I’ve seen a fair few things but I was NOT ready for that episode of Downton Abbey!
— Hollie Bennett (@HollieB) October 19, 2015
— Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) October 18, 2015
Regardless of how today has gone, seeing that vomiting blood clip from last night’s Downton Abbey has cheered me considerably. — Orange Monkey’s Paw (@Orange_Monkey) October 19, 2015