As women on both sides of the Atlantic come to terms with the fact that Matthew Crawley probably won't be showing up at our doors with a novelty box of chocolates today, we can take some small comfort in this series of Downton Abbey-themed Valentines, courtesy of illustrator Chad Thomas. Thomas explained on his website:
"A few weeks ago my wife and I caught onto Downton Abbey and she can't seem to get enough [...] This isn't a problem of course since I too, LOVE, this show. So yesterday, I drew up four Downton themed cards for her as we prep for a Valentine weekend involving another Downton marathon."
Clearly, Thomas' wife has played her cards right. You can check out (and download!) the rest of the cards here, which include an homage to the show's resident dead Turk. Even though Anna and Bates, Matthew and Mary, and the Dowager Countess are all tragically left out of the mix, these cards are still a slam dunk if you need to score points with basically any woman (and a lot of men, too) in the Western hemisphere this Valentine's Day. Well played, Chad.