Downton Abbey fans will soon be saying goodbye to the Crawley family and the rest of the show’s many characters, as it was officially announced today, after months of speculation, that Season 6 of the period drama will be its last.
“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 Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard,” said creator and writer Julian Fellowes. “People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”
TVLine first reported that Downton Abbey‘s sixth season would be the show’s final one last week.
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