“Downton Abbey” is coming to an end. The PBS phenom will have one last season that broadcasts this fall in the UK and in January 2016 here.
Here’s the official statement:
“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years,” said executive producer Gareth Neame. “Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”
The story of the Crawleys will come to an end in 1925, when the 20s are still roaring and no one knows the bad things that are coming in just a few years. You can sort of guess what will happen: Matthew Goode’s Henry Talbott will marry Lady Mary, Maggie Smith’s Violet will make one more nasty quip and her servants will kill her; Edith will move to London with Marigold and take many lovers; Branson will return from Boston married to someone named Bouvier or Fitzgerald; Rose will come back from New York now as an Orthodox Jew. Downton will be carved up into small lots, with Lord Grantham selling used cars.
How will PBS keep people from watching the UK feed? No one’s going to wait for January.