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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6 Finale Spoilers: Moving On Is the Main Theme as the Series Bids Adieu on Christmas Day

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Expect a bittersweet ending as “Downton Abbey” season 6 bids farewell to viewers during its Christmas special.

The beloved British period drama “Downton Abbey” is getting closer and closer to its final episode, after 52 episodes of heartbreak and good cheer. In the UK, the finale will air on Christmas Day and the trailer released shows that both the aristocrats and their servants are moving on with their lives.

From the preview of the finale episode, “Auld Lang Syne” is sung by the servants led by Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) and Carson (Jim Carter). It will be the last time that they would be complete because as the preview reveals, Thomas (Rob James-Collier), who is known for his scheming attitude, is leaving Downton for good. In a dramatic farewell, George (Zac and Oliver Baker) pleads Thomas to stay but Thomas seems to have made up his mind.

In keeping with the theme, Mrs. Crawley (Penelope Wilton) and Violet (Dame Maggie Smith) are seen celebrating the holidays and chatting about the future.

In the holiday festivities of the aristocrats, love and happiness are felt. Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle), whose relationship is not always too positive, look joyful. Tom Branson (Allen Leech) is back in Downton after his trip from America and may have found an inspiration.

Fan favorite Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) seems to have finally found a new love in Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode) as they are seen kissing during the holiday celebrations. The couple, along with Tom, are shown in a scene on the streets blending with ordinary citizens.

Perhaps the line that could sum up the entire series finale episode is Carson’s lines which he said to Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville): “The world is a different place, my Lord. And Downton Abbey must change with it.”

“Downton Abbey” season 6 will not be aired in the U.S. until Jan. 3, 2016 on PBS Masterpiece, noted People. The series finale will be shown on Mar. 6, 2016.

AMERICANS: DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED BEFORE THE U.S. PREMIERE OF DOWNTON ABBEY‘S FINAL SEASON ON PBS IN JANUARY 2016!

WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!

SPOILER ALERT FOR DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON 6 FINALE!!!

Everyone dies, the end.

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I haven’t watched it! I’ve just been stalking Twitter and various recap websites because why the hell not? I’m not letting an ocean’s width keep me from knowing all the dirt three months later than necessary. Also, pictures are EVERYWHERE online. So I’m wrapping up the best stuff I’ve found and putting it right here for fellow ‘Mericans who needs themselves an Abbey fix.

And really, this is just about the sixth season, which wrapped up in the UK on November 8. The very last episode, the traditional Christmas episode, will air on December 25, 2015, in Britain, and who knows what wild and crazy stuff will happen then. Yes, everyone could die! The house could burn down! The Dowager Countess could unzip her skin suit and reveal herself to be a Zygon! Until then, let’s recap…

Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes’ Wedding

Not the grandest of all Downton Abbey weddings — the bride doesn’t wear white, but it sounds like she’s a virgin (or at least she’s nervous about the wedding night, awkward scene alert). Still, the senior lovebirds get a nice little party in episode three.

Lady Edith’s Continued Woes

Good god girl get a grip! Or will the screenwriter give her a break? Hard to tell. Among other woes, Edith’s secretly-her-own adopted child gets stolen back by the previous adoptive mother. Of course, Edith gets the kid back, and the other women has to leave town — because landed gentry always get their way, right? Then Edith gets a marriage proposal, from a frickin’ MARQUESS, but the niggling factoid of her out-of-wedlock kiddo messes things up. Or does it? Gotta wait till the Christmas special to see how that turns out.

A closet full of skeletons and fabulous ’20s prints.

Branson Comes Back

Act surprised! Of course he was coming back to Downton Abbey with Sybbie. It’s the final season, sheesh.

Henry, Mary, & Tom

Anna and Bates Have a Baby … Maybe

At least there’s a possibility. Anna has a few miscarriages, and because this couple isn’t allowed to enjoy any happiness, the fate of the latest pregnancy is up in the air towards the end of the season.

Lady Mary Gets Laid Again

Yawn. She jumps beds more often than the Dowager Countess drops snarky witticisms. Lady Mary’s final-until-the-movie conquest is that guy with the sports car she flirted with at the end of season five (shocking! not). After obligatory BS, they get married in a quickie ceremony in the episode before the finale. Blah blah blah, I’m so done with her shenanigans.

Cars on Downton Abbey always lead to tragedy, y’know…

Lady Mary’s matronly fugly wedding gown for her second time around.

Downton Abbey Series 6 Costumes

What do we really care about? The clothes! Doesn’t look like we get another London dress show or a London season, and both weddings were lackluster on the fashion front. We get a lot more very spiffy 1920s sportswear, especially on Edith — she gets shat upon by the storyline but gets the most interesting clothes, so maybe it evens out. As she continues to work more with her newspaper and visit London, she wears a lot of smart “office” style outfits. Edith really rocks this look, especially compared to Mary who is given downright prissy period sportswear.

Lady Edith gets down to business in London.

In the words of Project Runway, it looks a bit mumsy.

But Cora’s casual wear is much more on trend (even if she has to lead tourists around the Abbey).

This might be the most modern thing the Dowager Countess has ever worn.

Spectacular embroidery, or ‘just another dinner at Downton.’ We’re gonna miss that.

Everything else looks much the same. Lots of sparkly gowns and gobs of jewelry for dinner and evening events and tweeds for walking around the estate. The servants get a few more outfits to wear other than their Abbey uniforms, because they all seem to be getting post-Downton jobs.

Will there be a big Downton Abbey costume showstopper this year? We’ve still got the Christmas special, and, so far, all we know is that Lady Rose will be back. Have you heard anything else? Share in the comments!

Wah wah wah, my life is so hard, I’m terribly rich & have so many choices.

Branson takes Mary down a peg.

Edith finally tells her sister off!

What Downton Abbey season 6 spoilers are you excited about?

Downton Abbey season 6: Huge spoiler given away by rogue prop

Downton Abbey has never shied away from shock plot turns (we’re still not over that car accident), and now in its final series , there’s huge amounts of speculation about what will become of Lord Grantham and the Crawleys by the end of the show.

Now one key reveal in Downton Abbey’s final episodes has been given away – thanks to a simple piece of paper found by a member of the public.

The prop was left out in a location which has often been used for filming on the show.

*Warning: plot spoiler below*

Discovered in an Oxfordshire church, the paper prop contained an order of service for the wedding of Lady Edith Crawley, daughter of Hugh Bonneville’s Robert Crawley, to a man named Herbert.

It is believed that Herbert could be Bertie Pelham, cousin of Lord Hexam, who appeared in the Downton Abbey Christmas Special.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “The cast and crew of Downton have gone to great lengths to hide the storylines for the sixth and final series.

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“As it’s the last one, there are going to be some absolutely massive plot lines. One of them is this wedding.

“It seems a bit ridiculous that all those security measures could be put in place and then someone just leaves an order of service lying around for anyone to find.”

ITV, Sunday, 9pm

“Downton Abbey” Season 6, episode 9 was sad for fans. It served as the series finale. However, it was much more joyful for the characters. “Downton” gave out plenty of happy endings in the final episode of the PBS drama.

Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally got her moment in the spotlight in the series finale. On a trip to London, she and Rosamund (Samantha Bond) head to a restaurant and find Bertie (Harry Hadden-Paton) there. Edith is shocked and Rosamund quickly exits. Bertie reveals that Mary (Michelle Dockery) told him Edith was here, but Edith is confused. Nothing has changed. She still has a daughter out of wedlock.

Bertie reveals that his love for Edith also remains unchanged. He says that he can’t live without her and wants to marry her. He still can’t tell his mother the truth about Marigold. Edith asks if he is ready for the gossip about her daughter. “The only thing I’m not ready for is a life without you,” Bertie says. The engagement is back on.

Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and Robert (Hugh Bonneville) are thrilled to learn that Edith finally has good news. They head to Bertie’s castle to meet his mother, Miranda (Patricia Hodge). She says Bertie has to make Brancaster appear more moral, and he can’t make a wrong step.

Despite knowing that Miranda is a stickler for good morals, Edith can’t keep Marigold’s parentage a secret from her. Miranda isn’t happy with the revelation. She calls Edith “damaged goods,” but Bertie won’t listen to his mother’s insults. At dinner with several friends and family, she reveals that she’ll accept Edith when she announces their engagement. She later explains that Edith is truly an honest person, and she is happy to have her in the family.

When Edith returns to Downton, she asks Mary why she’d bring Bertie back into her life. It was a genuinely nice thing to do, which is out of character for Mary. “Look, we’re blood and we’re stuck with it, so let’s try to do a little better in the future,” Mary says.

Mary (Michelle Dockery) finally decided to be nice to her sister in “Downton Abbey” Season 6, episode 9. Photo: Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for Masterpiece

While Edith gets her man back, so does Isobel (Penelope Wilton). She is stood up for tea with Larry Grey (Charlie Anson) and doesn’t know why. Later, Isobel visits Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) and he reveals that he has a medical condition. He has a difficult type of anemia and it’s life-threatening.

Amelia (Phoebe Sparrow) suddenly doesn’t want Isobel involved with the family. Isobel realizes the sudden change and knows why she was stood up for tea. When they thought Lord Merton was going to have a long life, Amelia and Larry wanted Isobel to take him off their hands. Now that his death is likely coming, Amelia wants to take care of him with Larry. When Isobel tries to visit him at home, Amelia won’t even let her in the house.

Luckily, the dowager countess (Maggie Smith) comes with Isobel next time. She gets into the house and her voice gets Lord Merton out of bed. He is appalled that no one told him he had visitors. Once he hears that Amelia and Larry haven’t been allowing his friends to see him, he is ready to pack his bags.

“Larry, as my son I love you, but I’ve tried and failed to like you,” Lord Merton says. “Will you please leave me to get on with what remains of my life?” Isobel decides that he’ll move in with her and they’ll get married as soon as possible.

They aren’t the only ones making major changes. Henry (Matthew Goode) is considering giving up racing cars, but he needs another job. He just isn’t sure what to do with his life.

Downstairs, the staff has to make some less than ideal changes. Barrow (Robert James-Collier) finds a new job and says his tearful goodbyes to the family and staff. Though Carson (Jim Carter) wanted him gone, he starts to regret it.

Carson has a tremor in his hand, and he realizes he doesn’t have all the support he used to. Barrow is off to his new job and Molesley (Kevin Doyle) gets a promotion at the school. He only has Andy (Michael Fox) to help him out.

He tells Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) that the tremor is hereditary. His grandfather and his dad both had the same issue. It’s just shaking hands, but it will end his career as a butler. Mary comes downstairs and tells him that if changes are in order, they can’t be afraid.

In happier news, Andy asks Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) if Daisy (Sophie McShera) is interested in men. The cook tells him that she is, but Andy still isn’t sure he has a chance with her. Daisy is pretty rude to him over the next few days, and Mrs. Patmore calls her out. She points out that Daisy never thinks men are good enough if they like her. Once Andy finally gets the hint that Daisy isn’t interested, the young cook finally notices that he might be the right guy.

Flash-Forward to New Year’s Eve

Edith and Bertie are getting married on New Year’s Eve, and that gives Rose (Lily James) and Atticus (Matt Barber) a reason to return. They have a 3-month-old daughter named Victoria Rachel Cora whom they had to leave behind in America.

Rose (Lily James) returned for wedding festivities in the “Downton Abbey” series finale. Photo: Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for Masterpiece

Before the wedding festivities start, Tom (Allen Leech) and Henry have an announcement. They’re opening Talbot and Branson Motors. It’s a secondhand car dealership. “I’m as proud as anyone living,” Mary says. She whispers other good news in his ear and says that they cannot say anything. She doesn’t want to steal Edith’s spotlight. Obviously, she’s pregnant with another baby.

After Carson realizes he can’t pour any wine, Mary and Robert sit down and ask him what’s really happening. He explains his condition and says he must resign, but neither of the Crawleys look happy with that plan.

Meanwhile, Robert is jealous of how much time Cora spends in the hospital. Rose asks Robert to drive her into the village, and she brings him to one of Cora’s meetings. He sees how she talks to the people and addresses their concerns. He is rather impressed with his wife. “If you want to keep her, Robert, you must let her go,” Rose says. She advises him not to ask her to choose and simply support her latest endeavor.

Downstairs, Daisy decides to try Lady Mary’s hair dryer and give herself a haircut. The other servants laugh at her hair. Daisy runs away after Andy has a good chuckle. “You can laugh, but it’s for you she’s made a fool of herself,” Mrs. Patmore says.

After Anna gives Daisy a chic bob, Andy says they’ve been out of step. It looks like the servants are finally on the same page. Conveniently, Daisy has also decided to move into the farmhouse with Mr. Mason (Paul Copley), where Andy is working during his spare time.

Violet’s servants are trying to start trouble again. Denker (Sue Johnston) discovers that Spratt (Jeremy Swift) is working for Edith’s magazine and spills the beans to the dowager countess. Denker thinks it’ll get him fired, but Violet bursts out into laughter upon reading the article. It turns out Violet is a fan of the column and says she’ll turn to him for more advice.

Just before the wedding starts, Dr. Clarkson (David Robb) approaches Lord Merton and Isobel and says that Lord Merton doesn’t have pernicious anemia. He simply has regular anemia, which is just a nuisance rather than deadly. Lord Merton still has many good years left.

Edith walks down the aisle, and Henry whispers to Mary that he wants to tell at least Robert and Cora. Mary insists that her pregnancy stays a secret until Edith is off on her honeymoon. “We’re sisters, and sisters have secrets,” Mary says.

Henry (Matthew Goode) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) are having a baby, but they have to keep the news quiet in the final episode of “Downton Abbey” Season 6. Photo: Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television Limited 2015 for Masterpiece

At the wedding reception, Barrow steps in when Carson’s shaking interrupts the champagne. Robert suddenly has an idea: Barrow can take on the responsibilities of the butler, but Carson will continue to be in charge of things. Carson still looks a bit downtrodden that he must give up some of his duties.

The wedding reception turns into quite an event when Anna’s water breaks in Mary’s bedroom, and the lady immediately starts taking care of her. Carson is appalled that a servant is giving birth upstairs. Anna has a boy, and Mary says the baby can stay in the nursery with her children when Anna comes back to work.

While Anna gives birth, Edith and Bertie leave for their honeymoon. “It’s so strange. I feel completely, completely happy. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that before,” Edith says to her family. She tosses her bouquet, which her editor Miss Edmunds (Antonia Bernath) catches. Tom was seen quite a few times with Miss Edmunds at the wedding, and it seems like they get along. Perhaps Tom will finally find love after Sybil.

The holidays and wedding put all the characters in a good mood. Violet even tells Cora that she runs the hospital well. Midnight strikes, everyone wishes each other a happy new year and sings “Auld Lang Syne.”

“Makes me smile,” Violet tells Isobel. “The way every year we drink to the future, whatever it may bring.”

“Well, what else could we drink to?” Isobel asks. “ We’re going forward to the future not back into the past.”

“If only we had the choice,” Violet says. With that, the dowager countess gets the last word. A fitting ending to “Downton Abbey.”

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Part Nine Season 6 Episode 9 Editor’s Rating 5 stars ***** Matthew Goode as Henry, and Michelle Dockery as Mary. Photo: Nick Briggs/Carnival Films

“With any luck, they’ll be happy enough. Which is the English version of a happy ending.” — The Dowager Countess

The last Downton Abbey of season six — and, also, my dear friends, the last Downton Abbey ever — provides more than the English version of a happy ending. It’s an ending that’s happy by any standard.

In keeping with the Downton tradition of making the Christmas episodes as celebratory as possible, this most final of finales is a supersized parade of new beginnings, fresh starts and, with one exception, pure joy. No matter how frustrated viewers may have felt in recent seasons — the show spent too much time on rapist-murder mysteries and whatever the hell Denker was doing — it was impossible to watch this last episode with anything other than a full heart and warm affection. This show will be deeply missed.

Did the finale have its flaws? Of course. This wouldn’t be Downton Abbey without plotlines that feel a tad rushed, a certain degree of predictability, and dialogue that reflects the show’s central themes with all the delicacy of a ball-peen hammer. On the rushed side of things: Poor Carson’s Parkinson’s Disease (or the palsy, as he called it) progresses awfully quickly, doesn’t it? And Henry and Tom get their car shop up and running faster than you can say, “Let me discuss it with our pig-man.” (Did you honestly think I’d write my last recap without working in that gem of a phrase? Please.)

Then, the most on-the-nose conversation of all time unfolds between Cora and Robert, when they basically announce that everyone in the family is happy (as if we couldn’t see that for ourselves) and that everything in their lives will be super-hunky-dory-golly-gumdrops for the foreseeable future. “I think the more adaptable we are, the more chance we have of getting through,” Cora tells her husband. In an odd coincidence, that’s also the exact opposite of Donald Trump’s campaign strategy.

There aren’t many surprises in this finale, either. I predicted several of the things that actually wound up happening in this preview piece, and I swear on a stack of Septimus Spratt’s advice columns that I didn’t watch the finale until after I made my guesses. Then again, forecasting Downton Abbey developments has never been rocket science (or any other kind of science, for that matter). Furthermore, I’d say that most fans didn’t necessarily want this finale to be unpredictable. We just wanted to see all our lords, ladies, butlers, and maids in happy and fulfilling places in their lives. That’s certainly what we got. Like Robert says, as though he’s speaking for us: “What more can we ask?”

Let’s just revel in how thoroughly Downton this episode is. It doubles down on its own Downton-ness, and then multiplies that figure by ten. It is Downton Abbey as told by Stefon. It has everything: upstairs bedrooms invaded by members of the working class (via Daisy, and via Anna’s unexpected labor); members of the downstairs staff being puzzled by modern conveniences (A hairdryer? Whaaaaat?); the Crawleys conversing with other rich, white people who are way more uptight than they are (nice to meet you, Mrs. Pelham); the diagnosis of not one, but two, potentially debilitating diseases; scheming behind other people’s backs, albeit for nice reasons (nice work arranging that dinner for Edith, Mary); cutting away from extremely dramatic conversations so we can’t see them occur (we shall never know what Edith actually said to Mrs. Pelham); the longest, grand-dining-roomiest dining-room table in Downton Abbey history, courtesy of the Bertie/Edith engagement-announcement party; everyone on the staff being rude to Thomas, for old time’s sake; Carson saying sexist shit, also for old time’s sake (“I still find it odd that a woman in her condition is still working as a lady’s maid.” Fine, Carson, then give her decent maternity leave); a lavish wedding; a life-altering haircut; oodles of gorgeous dresses and headbands; and, of course, the Dowager Countess dropping her final drops of knowledge on us. “Don’t be mysterious. It’s the last resort of people with no secrets.” So true, Granny. So true.

There were so many scenes and moments that I loved in this finale that I feel compelled to make a list. Let’s jump right into it.

Pretty much everything that involves Edith
You knew there was no way Julian Fellowes would end the series with Edith thinking of herself as a “spinster,” to use her word. Even though it would have been gutsy and subversive for her to live alone and work in London while raising her daughter, the fact that Edith expresses a willingness to do just that tells us her feminist credibility card is in full working order. She deserves to be with Bertie, and happily, she gets to be.

I loved that the two people most responsible for helping the union along were Mary and Robert, who once showed Edith the least amount of respect. At this point, Robert is basically the president of the Lady Edith Crawley — pardon me, that’s Edith Pelham, Marchioness of Hexham — Fan Club. I actually guffawed when he got mad at Cora for implying she might not make the trip to the Pelhams: “This is your second child, who’s hardly had a day’s happiness in the last ten years!” An exaggeration, yes. But all those references to past events — the altar jilting, the time Edith nearly died in a house fire of her own making — were reminders that, well, Robert was only hyperbolizing a little bit.

More stuff I loved about Edith’s story line: the way Bertie gets choked up when he tells Edith he’d “done a very bad job” of living without her; Edith’s unimpeachable honesty with her future mother-in-law, who probably would have been much less forgiving, but since they needed to get to the altar in under 90 minutes, whatever; and most of all, the way she finally gets the chance to glide down the stairs, looking as gauzy and beautiful and adored by her father as Mary did the day she married Matthew. It was perfect.

“We have a son, John.”
When Anna Bates said that line to her husband while cradling their newborn … yeah, I got teary. It was a significant moment, not only because these two finally have a family after years and years of seemingly endless suffering, but also because — as far as I can tell — a baby got delivered on Downton Abbey and it didn’t result in anyone’s death. Think about it: Sybil delivers Sybbie, dies in childbirth. Mary delivers George, Matthew dies in a car accident. Edith has Marigold, and the missing Matthew Gregson is eventually found dead. It’s as though Julian Fellowes takes “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” literally, like a one-for-one deal. But this time, it all goes smoothly. It is also notable that Anna had the child in all the comforts of Mary’s upstairs bedroom — the final symbolic proof that there is no divide between upstairs and down.

The exit and triumphant return of Thomas Barrow
On the one hand, it is ridiculous that Thomas was permitted to give notice. With Molesley clearly on his way out and Carson’s health problems, it was obvious they were going to need Thomas before he even walked out the Downton door. But having him leave gives everyone the opportunity to issue heartfelt farewells — oh my God, who else basically died when Master George said, “Good-bye, Mistew Bawwow?” — and gives the audience the chance to rejoice when Thomas, who has officially transformed into Nice Thomas, gets to come back. It’s too bad that the changing of guards happens because of Carson’s illness. But it felt very right.

Isobel Crawley, savior of Lord Merton
It makes total sense that the only thing that would finally force Isobel to admit her feelings and marry Lord Merton is a medical emergency. Also, after watching the way Lord Merton is treated by his new daughter-in-law, I feel like I should have ranked Amelia higher on this list.

One last Patmore freak-out
This finale would not have felt complete if Patmore hadn’t lost her grip over a massive amount of food that needed to be made. (In this case, for Edith’s wedding.) And Daisy’s response when Patmore insists that there could be no mistakes was classic: “I don’t think people ever want mistakes, Mrs. Patmore. They just happen.”

The unbearable hotness of Andy Parker
Who knew that Andy was hot? Daisy sure didn’t until she goes to Mr. Mason’s and sprouts a thought bubble that says, “Wow, Andy looks awfully rugged when he’s got fewer clothes on and is hammering nails into things.” Clearly, the idea of nails and being hammered stirs something within her, which is why she attempts to give herself a very ill-advised cut-and-blow-dry. Fortunately, Anna helps her achieve the second chic-est bob in Downton history — Mary is the chief owner of all bob bragging rights in perpetuity — and now she’s well on her way to having her first real boyfriend. Cheers, Daisy.

How the Dowager Countess and Henry react to Spratt’s column
The way Dame Maggie Smith reads Spratt’s advice column and starts laughing while Denker just stands there, looking confused — well, it is just magical. And who can blame her for reveling in Spratt’s prose? After all, he is “full of ideas when it comes to combining comfort and elegance.” As for Henry, I didn’t even know he’d known Spratt well enough to understand how crazy it is for him to dispense advice in a woman’s magazine. But that’s what I love about Henry Talbot. He just gets it.

The return of Shrimpy and Rose and Atticus
It is fitting for some of the regular characters to return, and nice to hear that Rose and Atticus have their own daughter. Although it seems kind of strange that they left the child back in America, during the holidays no less, just because their nanny insisted. I sincerely hope their nanny is not this woman.

Mary’s pregnancy (and insistence on not stealing Edith’s thunder)
I’m not sure if I imagined it, but it seemed Mary was even more gleeful about having a child with Henry than she was with Matthew. Even more satisfying was her insistence that they keep the news private so as not to steal Edith’s thunder on her wedding day. I was never optimistic about a permanently good relationship between Mary and Edith — a more polite one, maybe, but not really good. But this episode changed my mind about that. Henry and Edith seem to genuinely enjoy each other’s company in a way she and Matthew did not, and I see him as a potential bridge between sisters.

Pretty soon, all the Crawley couples and their kids — by the way, Laura Edmunds caught the bouquet at the wedding, which means she and Tom will be married within a week — will soon spend their Friday nights hanging out at Talbot & Branson Motors, just throwing back brews and doing staged readings of Spratt’s columns.

Carson and Mrs. Hughes finally call each other by their first names
“We can make a go of it, Charlie, and I definitely mean to try. Happy new year.”
“Happy new year, Elsie.”

Yeah, that got to me. So did the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” which made me wish, more so than any other Christmas episode, that we actually got to see this in December rather than the yuletideless first week of March.

But that’s a quibble, and there’s no need for those right now. Downton Abbey ends on a perfectly lovely note, and it gave us a final season that was as engaging as it’s ever been, especially in its final stretch of episodes.

The last words of the series were, of course, reserved for the woman who always gets the last word: the Dowager Countess.

Isobel: “We’re going forward into the future, not back into the past.”

The Dowager Countess: “If only we had the choice.”

For six seasons, Downton Abbey gave us the choice to go back into the past, and we happily chose to make the journey. In the afterglow of this finale, that decision seems well worth it to me.

On a more personal note, I just want to say what a joy it’s been to write about this show and discuss it with all of you. I will miss it very much.

And now, I suppose there’s only one thing left to say.

Good-bye, Mistew Bawwow.

VENTURE CAPITAL POST

EP Gareth Neame has officially announced that “Downton Abbey” Season 6 is its last to air on TV. Elsewhere, historical advisor Alaistair Bruce spilled that he is banned from putting religion into the show’s setting. Plus, the synopsis for the Christmas special has been released.

Neame announced that season 6 will be the last season of the show to air on TV. According to IB Times, Neame stated that they wanted to end the show with the right and natural timing of the storylines to come together.

Meanwhile, Alastair Bruce, the historical advisor of “Downton Abbey” reveals that religion, specifically Christianity, is banned from the storyline of the show. For how many years now, Bruce always made sure that every single detail that is incorporated in the show fits a 1912 setting. The historical adviser shared that the executive producers directed him to keep any religion out of the setup, as reported by The Telegraph.

As per the official synopsis for the show’s Christmas episode, Carter Matt notes, “Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery) endevours to build bridges with her sister while Edith Crawley’s (Laura Carmichael) secret continues to pose a threat, despite having nothing left to lose… As Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode) settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult. Below stairs, Charles Carson (Jim Carter) faces some personal challenges, which prove that even he is not invulnerable to change.”

The executive producer of the show has announced that “Downton Abbey” Season 6 will be the last to air on TV. On the other hand, the historical advisor revealed that he is banned from putting religion into the storyline. In addition to that, the official synopsis has been posted.

“Downton Abbey” Season 6 is slated to air Christmas special on Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 exclusively on ITV. “Downton Abbey” is a British period drama TV series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.