Dan Stevens (aka Downton's Matthew Crawley!) Went Brunette—Thoughts?

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It's official: Matthew Crawley — Lady Mary's undying love in Downton Abbey — is once and for all (spoiler alert) no more. RIP, fair Mr. Crawley and your dreamy, swoopy blond locks. We're forever in mourning!

In all seriousness, though, Dan Stevens — the IRL dapper blue-eyed actor who plays the former British captain on the beloved hit drama — ended an era this weekend when he debuted a shorter, darker 'do at the GLAAD Awards. Oh, and not mention some seriously scruffy facial hair.

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What do you think? Are you digging Stevens' new brunette hue? (It does, after all, make those baby blues pop like whoa.) Or are you already rounding up your Downton watch-party gang to host a memorial service in honor of his buttery blond coif?

Take one last look at Matthew Crawley in all his sunshiney, light-haired glory (never forget!), and cast your vote — love or loathe? — in our poll, below.

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Poll: Do you love or loathe Dan Stevens' brunette hair?
Click to vote:
  • Swoon. Swoon. Swooooon.
  • Long live Matthew Crawley! Long live the blond!