Few "Downton Abbey" fans enjoyed watching Matthew (Dan Stevens) die shortly after the birth of his son, but one fan had a very interesting idea about how Stevens should have been written off.

In The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy roundtable with the "Downton Abbey" cast
, series creator Julian Fellowes opened up about a letter he received from a very ... imaginative viewer.

"I had this very long letter from this guy and he said, 'I've got some recommendations on how to save the show.' And what we had to do was remount the death at the beginning of the fourth episode," Fellowes explained in the interview above at the 6:22 mark above. "And then a milk float came along and jolted, and the milk fell all over Dan and then it sort of did something to his face and he woke up as a different actor."

Luckily, by the end of his note, the fan had reconsidered his plan entirely. "At the very end of the letter he said, 'I have re-read the letter, and I'm not so sure about the milk.'"

As sad as the entire "Downton" cast was to see Matthew go, Fellowes recently said he was pleased with the way his death played out.

"Originally I thought we would kill Matthew at the beginning of the new series [Season 4], but the way things worked out, we didn’t have that option,” he told xfinityTV. “Actually, I am quite glad of it now because being away from it for six months, we don’t have to do funerals and all that. She has had six months to go through the first mourning period."

But UK viewers weren't quite as satisfied, especially because Matthew's death was broadcasted on Christmas day.

"I am sorry about that! I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing," Stevens told The Independent earlier this month. "We didn't see that script until the very last minute, so we didn't know exactly how they were going to do it," he added.

Click through our slideshow below for a few other ideas about how Matthew could have made a more graceful exit.

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  • It Was All A Dream

    When the Titanic sank, the residents of Downton, both upstairs and downstairs, were so traumatized that they fell into a dream-like state in which a young man with piercing blue eyes arrived at Downton, was at one point in a wheelchair, and eventually married Mary Crawley. But it was all a trick! When the house eventually awakened from their sleep long sleep, they find that Matthew was actually killed on the Titanic in 1912, and Mary is an old maid.

  • Matthew Is Gay

    There's a reason Matthew held off on marrying Mary for two seasons. Late at night, he's been sneaking downstairs and into Thomas' bed. One night, as O'Brien is tip toeing around in the wee hours thinking about how to get Mrs. Patmore fired, she spots Thomas and Matthew asleep (and spooning!) in Thomas' bed. O'Brien wakes the entire household to expose the scandal leading Matthew and Thomas to flee to New York and shack up together where no one knows (or cares) about their secret.

  • Matthew And Mary Go To America

    As Matthew and Mary's son is one quarter American, they don't feel it's right to deprive him of his roots. Much to the chagrin of Lord Grantham, who believes his heir should never once leave Downton, the lovebirds set sail with their little one in tow and settle down in New York with Cora's mother Martha. Sorry, Dowager!

  • Matthew Gets A Whole New Look

    Finding himself with a case of the munchies after a particular rigorous round of cricket, Matthew sneaks down to the kitchen where Mrs. Patmore is in full-on dinner prep mode. Surprised to see such a well-dressed man downstairs, Mrs. Patmore accidentally flings boiling water in Matthew's face. Caught completely by surprise, he backs up, hits his head and falls into a coma. When he awakens two years later, Matthew is unrecognizable, but Mary loves him all the same.

  • Matthew Is Actually A Scottish Murderer

    Despite the proper British air he has about him, Matthew actually has a propensity for kilts, bagpipes and murder. When he was a young boy, he and his mother killed the real Matthew and Isobel, took all their money and plotted a move to Downton. One day, Bates overhears Matthew and Isobel giggling about how successful their plan has been, and the Dowager Countess immediately ships them back to Scotland and ensures they're thrown into the Edinburgh jail for life.

  • Matthew Has Been In Love With Edith All This Time

    While Mary has been calling Edith ugly and implying that no one will ever marry her, he's been winking at Edith over dinner and finding excuses to go on long walks with her. When Mary notices one of Matthew's not-so-discreet winks over dinner one night, she promptly slaps Edith and drags Matthew out of Downton by his bad leg while Edith looks on smugly.

  • Matthew Wants To Have A Sex Change

    There's always been something a little different about Matthew, something he's tried to ignore. Now almost 30, Matthew can't hide his feelings anymore. He loves Mary -- he does! -- but in his heart of hearts, he knows he's meant to be a woman. When he confesses this to Mary, she honors his wishes and sends him to LA where the plastic surgery and hormone industries have already taken off.

Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" premieres in January 2014.

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  • Season 4 cast: Tom Cullen

    Cullen will play Lord Gillingham, a family friend of the Crawleys who visits the family as a guest at a house party. He's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/02/downton-abbey-lady-mary-boyfriend_n_2796504.html?utm_hp_ref=tv" target="_hplink">one of Lady Mary's potential suitors</a>, along with ...

  • Season 4 cast: Julian Ovenden

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