Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith is no stranger to having her emotions put through the wringer, but Laura Carmichael, the actress who played the character across six seasons prior to last Sunday’s series finale, recalls the doleful sentiments she experienced during the PBS drama’s final shoot in a preview for a new episode of the Masterpiece Studio podcast.
Now that Downton Abbey has come to an end, fans are left without their beloved Crawleys, servants, and stories of deceit and loyalty. Have no fear, though: Here are 12 books with similar themes, characters, and twists to ease your withdrawal.
After a memorable run as the most-watched PBS show of all time, Downton Abbey finally came to an end on Sunday night. As tribute, Jimmy Kimmel had John Legend cover the show’s beautiful, haunting theme song on Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! But Legend added lyrics to his version.
No matter how happy or satisfying the finale of Downton Abbey was — very on both accounts — it’s only natural when a beloved story ends to wonder if there’s more on the way.
At the wedding of poor, poor, poor-no-more! Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) to Bertie (Harry Hadden-Paton), the marquis with moralistic mother issues, the imminently quotable Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) reached into her seemingly bottomless handbag of quips and explained “the English version of a happy ending” to frenemy Isobel (Penelope Wilton): “There’s a lot of risk, but with any luck, they’ll be happy enough.”
Julian Fellowes brought the world into the gilded halls of Downton Abbey and introduced us to the characters fans have grown to love over the past six seasons. And now, it’s time to say goodbye.
Ahead of Sunday night’s series finale, the Downton creator, writer, and executive producer shared what he wanted the finale to be like, and how he hopes fans will feel as they sit down with the Crawleys and their staff for a final time.
The series finale of Downton Abbey — even typing that phrase still makes my heart hurt — was never going to be about the question of what would happen. When a show is this beloved for this long, the ending becomes all about what needs to happen.
(Note: This post is spoiler-free.)
Believe it or not, Sunday will mark the last time we sit down to watch a new episode of Downton Abbey. That means no more Dowager Countess putdowns, Carson disapprovals, and certainly no more sex tryouts with Lady Mary. But how will the final hour play out?
The final episode of Downton Abbey airs Sunday on PBS, but in the lead up to our last visit upstairs and down, EW is looking back with the cast members about the time they spent together and what (if anything) we can expect next.
First up, we asked the cast to share their memories from their last days on set and how they coped with their time at the Abbey coming to an end.
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