According to a March 27 Los Angeles Times report, “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes told reporters via phone “It’s the right time. I think you musn’t linger until you’re stale.” Fellowes was referring to the season six ending of the beloved Emmy-winning dramatic period series. “Downton Abbey” fans are already grieving here in the U.S. and beyond. Per the PBS press release, executive producer Gareth Neame promised “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…”
With only nine episodes and 11 hours of storytelling left, several questions remain about existing storylines. Above all, though, love makes the world go round. The season five finale found Mary (Michelle Dockery) casting Tony Gillingham aside and Charles Blake leaving the country. Thank God hunky Matthew Goode arrived on the scene as dashing Henry Talbot. So far, nothing is confirmed for Goode’s Downton Abbey season six return. His IMDB profile only lists his 2014 “A Moorland Holiday” appearance.
Goode has previously appeared in several films including the recent Oscar nominated “The Imitation Game” opposite Best Actor Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch. He played charming ladies’ man and fellow think tank member Hugh Alexander. Henry Talbot certainly caught Mary’s attention in “Downton’s” final season five episode. They certainly make a striking pair and let’s face it, what red-blooded female could possible resist a tall, dark and handsome hunk like Henry? We’ve endured the ache of Matthew’s death long enough. Bring on a red, hot, Mary romance!
Meanwhile, it’s great that Edith (Laura Carmichael) and Marigold are united and even Robert (Hugh Bonneville) knows she’s Edith’s daughter. However, Edith has consistently received the short end of the romantic stick over the course of series history. Wouldn’t it be fairy tale grand if Michael Gregson isn’t really dead and turns up alive so the three of them can live happily ever after? Edith deserves happiness and it seemed like Gregson was the love of her life. But alas, if somehow reuniting Michael and Edith isn’t meant to be, then please give Edith someone to love. Please.
Also, let’s hope there isn’t a time jump because we really need to see Mrs. Hughes and Carson get married. Carson’s proposal was such an uplifting gem in the season finale, what with Tom (Allen Leech) moving to America (Boo hoo!) and Isobel (Penelope Wilton) turning away her beau. The friendship and smoldering feelings between Carson (Jim Carter) and Hughes (Phyllis Logan) has been such a joy to watch. We need a lovely, romantic wedding if we are to properly bid them farewell.
Other wish list items include Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and Bates (Brendan Coyle) being cleared once and for all from anything involvement in Green’s death. Wouldn’t it be great to see them have a child as well? Also, here’s hoping Daisy (Sophie McShera) lands her heart’s desire – whether it be a new career direction, a handsome young beau, or both. Last but not least, we need a lot more of Violet’s (Maggie Smith) point-on quips to get us through. Smith has thrived in the role of Dowager Countess and we’ll need her dry wit to cope with the series end.
“Downton Abbey” returns to the U.S. on PBS in January 2016.