Say it isn’t so!
The producers of our favourite British drama have announced that the show will end with it’s sixth season.
The decision to end the upstairs-downstairs style show was announced yesterday via the show’s social media channels.
As expected, fans of the early 20th-century English nobility drama we’re devastated by the announcement.
“The time has come to announce that Series 6 will be out final visit to #Downton. Thank you for sharing our journey!” their Twitter post read.
Following the trials and tribulations of the aristocratic English family The Crawleys and their servants that run the prestigious Downton Abbey estate, the hit show premiered in 2010.
Since then fans have watched as both the high-society and working class dealt with wars, affairs, deaths, births, down to the mundane daily-life rituals of cooking, cleaning and of course dressing and what happens when these two worlds collide.
Suspicion about the shows longevity was raised after one of the key characters, Dame Maggie Smith, who plays as our favourite quick-witted matriarch Lady Violet Crawley, said in an interview that the next season would be her last.
“They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith said.
“I mean, (my character) certainly can’t keep going,” Smith told the Times. “To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
Downton Abbey’s executive producer says the show’s creators have known for some time that the next season would be the last but wanted to wait for Season 5 to finish airing in the UK before informing the public.
“The idea of finishing these journeys is really appealing,” Neame said. “It gives you so much great dramatic rocket fuel, and I hope it’ll be the best season yet,” Neame said, adding that he was relieved that the word was finally out.
Neame said he and the cast and crew took great pride in creating a program that so strongly affected television storytelling.
“It has created beautiful characters that are complex and flawed, as we all are in real life, and they’ve been beautifully realized by this amazing cast.”