Why is Downton Abbey ending its run of romance, finery, and sharp words from one Dowager Countess? Executive producer Gareth Neame said the team wanted to leave fans “wanting more.”
Downton Abbey fans knew that this day would come eventually, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Carnival Films and PBS have announced that Julian Fellowes’ beloved upstairs-downstairs drama will end after its upcoming sixth season.
Fictional lords and ladies are nothing out of the ordinary for Downton Abbey, but today the show’s set at Ealing Studios got a visit from a real-life duchess. Kate Middleton visited the set, making stops to see how props, costumes, and filming comes together.
Following an interview with The Sunday Times that suggested that Dame Maggie Smith would be leaving Downton Abbey after its sixth, currently in-production season, the show’s publicists have stepped in to say that the Dowager Countess of Grantham was just having a good laugh.
The amount of story, incredible character moments, and witty one-liners that Downton Abbey can squeeze into a single hour of television is a weekly feat to behold. So what does 90 blissful minutes of Downton get you? How about a 50 percent more story, incredible character moments, and witty one-liners, with a bonus soup-centric subplot thrown in for good luck?
Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes are engaged. Mary might have a new, handsome suitor in the form of Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode). And both Anna and Bates are free (for now). The season five finale of Downton Abbey was positively brimming with moments that made us gasp, cry, laugh, or do some very confusing combination of the three.
To get a behind-the-scenes take on everything that went down, we got on the phone with executive producer Gareth Neame, who also teased a little of what’s to come next year.
The thing about TV engagements is that there’s typically disappoint built right into them. Yeah, it’s great that Character A and Character B finally decided to tie the knot, but now we have to wait months or (I’m looking at you,The Office) more than a year for the damn nuptials.
Nearing the end of another season of Downton Abbey, we face a series of high highs (Rose and Atticus!) and low lows (that bastard, Larry Grey). There’s lots to dissect, so let’s jump right in!
Oh, I have to wade into this Edith business? Maybe no recap this week… All right, fine. Here we go.
After last week’s welcome farewell to Ms. Bunting, we move onto a long-expected, but terrible good-bye for Edith. A telegram arrives at the big house for her, announcing that her editor will be arriving from London shortly, bringing good news no doubt. Maybe Marigold has started speaking and asked for her real mommy in perfect English. But since this is Edith we’re talking about, everyone correctly assumes that the tidings are ill and more specifically, have to do with the missing Michael Gregson. The most likely outcome was the truth all along.
Though it might seem like a lot of bad things are starting to happen at Downton Abbey—specifically nosy detectives, kidnap plots, and man-to-man open-palmed slaps—it’s not all bad.
Ms. Bunting is gone!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s circle back, and we can discuss the world’s worst dinner guest in a bit.
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