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Downton Abbey Season Five Finale Filled With Heartwarming Moments As Dame Maggie Smith Says Season Six Will Be Her Last!

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If you watched the season five finale of Downton Abbey on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday, you saw the 90 minute drama deliver tender and heartwarming drama to the melt the heart of someone who may be as cold as ice!

Within the season finale, Anna (Joanne Froggatt) came home from prison , Mary (Michelle Dockery) found what looks to be her new love, Branson (Allen Leech) said his goodbyes as he was moving to Boston and taking little Sibby with him, Lord Sinderby (James Faulkner) was knocked down several pegs, and the seniors were lucky and unlucky in love as Carson (Jim Carson) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) finally decided to marry each other in a major hankie moment, while Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) and Isobel Crawley (Penolope Wilton) came to the conclusion that they were better off alone then remarrying or rekindling romance with their suitors at this point in the their lives.

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However at the Christmas party, when Branson asked Mary and Edith (Laura Carmichael) to join hands with him one last time to remember his wife and their sister Sybil, tears flowed from Branson and probably the rest of the “Downton” viewing audience, as this was to potentially be his final time  with the family before starting his life anew in Boston.

As for Lady Mary, she definitely was impressed by handsome and aloof gent, Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode) who had several prickly encounters and exchanges with her … enough to perk her up!  As he was leaving “Downton”, Mary asked if she will see him again to which he replied, that perhaps they would as he drove away in a very expensive car that he clearly made a point of letting Mary know he owned, and that perked up Mary once again! True love?

At the end of the season finale, it was Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna who had the final heartwarming moments. Bates  cast suspicion on himself once again for the murder of Mr. Greene to help free Anna from jail for the murder! To do so, he took off from “Downton”.  However in a clever move, Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle) and Baxter (Raquel Cassidy) proved by taking a picture of Bates and going bar to bar in York, that Bates was not near the scene of the crime that killed Anna’s rapist Mr. Greene!  At the Christmas gathering, Bates surprised Anna, and the two were finally reunited for a moment in time, as they secretly left the party for some private time together.

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On Monday, news broke that Dame Maggie Smith, in an interview with the Times of London, noted that season six of Downton Abbey will be her last, and that she was not sure the series could even continue after this next season.  Smith commented, “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on.  I mean, (my character) certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re in to the late 1920s.”

Smith did say completing the series would be very difficult for her:  “When you’re not working it’s scary, and when you are working it’s scary, because you don’t know if you’ve got the energy to get through the day. But the bleakness of not doing it, and missing out on the friendships that you make, is too much to bear.”

So, what did you think of the season five finale of Downton Abbey? Which moment tugged at your heartstrings the most? What did you think about the comments of Maggie Smith? Do you think its time for “Downton” to take its final bow with season six?  Share your thoughts below!

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Mari
Mari

I want it to last forever. But realistically couldn’t it go thru the 1930’s?

Leo
Leo

So let me get this straight? This show airs only ten episodes from January to March of every year?

Ugh. Glad I don’t watch. I would die waiting.

Shay
Shay

That’s just the way of British programming, Leo. There are many shows which even shoot on a staggered year schedule….meaning that we don’t see new shows on an annual basis. It’s the trade-off of getting quality over quantity. I’d rather wait for something worth watching than to just put an allotted number of completed episodes in the can according to contract. But yes, the wait can be excruciating!

carol
carol

Loved every minute. Read an article today where Maggie Smith said she didn’t mean she was leaving the show after next season. She said if there is a 7th season she will be part of it. I certainly hope so since she is one of my favorites. I wish this show could continue forever. I can’t put my finger on why exactly but it’s my favorite show of all time.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

It was a wonderful season finale. I was reduced to tears on several occasions. The scene between Mary, Edith and Tom remembering Sybil blew me away. I so hope Tom isn’t gone for good. His down to earth tenderness and honesty are such important parts of the family. Allen Leech is terrific in the role.

Everyone delivered first rate performances throughout the 90 minutes. I cannot imagine Downton Abbey without the Dowager Countess; but, I do appreciate Maggie Smith’s concern about the character’s age. I’d like to see the series continue at least until the start of the Great Depression. That was a pivotal point in modern history.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I found the most emotional moment was Tom, Edith & Mary, in their children’s room, remembering Sybil.

Edith and her father sharing the truth about Marigold was very gratifying.

Mary’s extreme snobbishness with an intermittent smattering of humanity towards others is getting annoying rather than interesting or amusing.

janet
janet

All of it. The show makes me sorry when the hour is over. The characters are so likable you root for them all. Bates and Anna, Carson and Hughes. The family upstairs orthe working class, all are worth watching again. Wish I could say the same about the US soaps . Maggie Smith is a joy, and makes you wonder what years it will be when it returns. Great job. I guess when one writer has the power and knows the characters so well. You can’t go wrong.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The Brits know how to do it best…i wish our soaps were produced and written by them…i love Coronation Street…its mulitgeneration which appeals to all ages, character driven realistic stories about everday life, the dead stay dead and the children age normally-you dont see a five year old one month who turns 18 the next, and there are no long lost children some woman had forgotten she had given birth to!!!

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Janet!!!!! I cannot disagree with any of the sentiments you have expressed. Julian Fellowes is indeed an incredible writer who handles his characters with love and care…and it certainly shows!!!! It’s no wonder so many of us voice dismay at the plot-point driven drivel we witness on daytime after watching this consistently superb series year after year!

Eddie
Eddie

I’m hoping Lady Edith found a potential boyfriend in the estate agent at Brancaster. After all, there is an opening for an estate agent at Downton.

janet
janet

You could be right. I will really miss Tom. who knows maybe JF will have the characters travel over here, and NOT allow the American soaps to sneak in. A whole year to wait. Tom thinks they have snobs over there, Wait till he gets to America and hears Irish need not apply. I love the show and no matter what is on here in the US I watch this show first.

terri
terri

I enjoyed the moment between father and daughter when he acknowledged he Knew Marigold was his grandchild (out of wedlock in the 1920s!) and it was
a-l-r-i-g-h-t……Edith is one of my favorite characters!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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