After rumors have been buzzing about “Downton Abbey’s” eventual end, the producers of the show have finally made it official. The upcoming sixth season will be the show’s last. Read on.
In a phone conference with the media, Gareth Neam, one of the executive producers of the series, confirmed that “Downton Abbey” Season 6 will be the show’s final season.
“I think our theory is that it’s good to quit while you’re ahead. We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape. The scripts that we’re working on for the upcoming season are fantastic. The show is so popular globally, but the danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever,” said Neam in the conference, with the report published on TV Guide.
The decision was apparently jointly agreed upon by Neam, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes and the cast, who all feel that going on for longer than six years no longer feels right for everyone.
The British series is not only a hit in its country. It’s an even bigger hit in the United States and across the world, despite the slight decline in the ratings in its most recent broadcast (fifth season).
The good news to its fans, however, is that the producers are not ruling out doing a spinoff, but they are more inclined to do a “Downton Abbey Movie” should plans play out.
Season 6 for the series will begin airing in the United Kingdom later this fall on BBC, while viewers in the United States should expect the finale season to air on PBS in January or on Netflix for streaming.
As per usual, producers remain mum over the plot of the upcoming season, but Neam hints that for the aristocratic way of life that is depicted in the series, “we’ll start to see how that way of life comes to an end.”