‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Finale Plot Centers On ‘Love’ and ‘Loss’

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The Christmas episode of “Downton Abbey” will be its official final episode. With the series ending, the Crawley family and their servants will be saying goodbye to 1925 in a holiday celebration that will not be forgotten.

The cast have already filmed scenes at the Ritz Hotel in London and the Alnwick Castle, which serves as the Brancaster location. According to TV Line, it was the hotel scene that the cast shot last, but not necessarily the final scene in the episode.

“It finishes people’s stories in a way that is gonna be affecting. They’ll be sad but they will be very satisfied by it,” Jim Carter told the news outlet in an interview.

“We do a job, we move on, that’s the rhythm of our lives. But we shot the last scene that the servants do together — it was quite a sentimental scene — and at the end of it, I completely took myself by surprise by … getting quite tearful,” Carter added.

“Some things will make you laugh, some things will make you cry,” said the show’s creator Julian Fellowes.

“Cinderella” actress Lily James is to mark her return to the series as is Matt Barber, according to Deadline.  James actually filmed her scenes back in August.

“Downton Abbey,” the only British series to have earned most Emmy nomnations and a Guinness World Record, premiered in 2011. The award-winning show will begin its final season run in the U.S. on Jan. 3, but Brit viewers will see the last of the cast in its Christmas episode.

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