Unfortunately for “Downton Abbey” fans, it might finally be time for the Crawleys to pack up their stylish traveling bags and bid adieu to the estate and the series.
Although there has been no confirmation that the show is ending after Season 6, following Sunday’s (March 1) Season 5 finale, it’s looking more and more like its next season should and possibly will be its last. Especially since a few storylines — Robert’s health, Carson’s proposal to Ms. Hughes — could be a way of setting up a few other characters to leave the show.
In addition to the signs hinting at the impending end of “Downton Abbey,” here are 5 reasons the series should end.
1. All of the good people are leaving for America
OK, this is an exaggeration. But it’s not a complete lie. Not only are Tom and adorable Sybbie heading for Boston, but Lady Rose and Atticus are also planning on moving to New York. With two staples of the Crawley family moving to another continent, it makes it feel like the family is falling apart. And, let’s be real, does anyone really want to watch a show where Mary and Edith are the only ones left having tea in the estate?
2. Viewers don’t deserve to sit through another Bates and Anna prison saga
Please, just no more. Fans of the show have had to sit through Bates and Anna going through so much sorrow, and it’s officially time to put that storyline to rest. That doesn’t look likely, because apparently there’s still a chance that Anna could be jailed once again.
3. Carson and Ms. Hughes should get their chance to run their bed and breakfast
After that long-time-coming proposal and the reveal that Carson basically bought Ms. Hughes a bed and breakfast, it’s time for the happy couple to move on from waiting on the Crawleys and live a life of their own.
4. The Depression is coming and no one really wants to see that
A key aspect of “Downton Abbey” is the lavish lifestyle that the family lives, and it would probably be ridiculously sad to see how the Great Depression treats the Crawleys. People downstairs will be laid off, Mary’s fabulous dresses will have less sparkle and the family will probably have to give up Edith (just kidding about that one). The end of “Downton Abbey” shouldn’t be filled with misery and dreariness. It should end on a lovely high note.
5. Maggie Smith says so
With her trademark wit and charm, Smith basically told The Sunday Times that the series doesn’t have much life left, and neither does her character.
“They say [Season 6] is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” she says. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
If the Dowager Countess of Grantham says it, it must be true.