Once upon a time, when I was really searching for content, I spent a few weeks here at Life as Louise recapping a season of Downton Abbey. It was season 5 and I’ve now deleted those posts- I found myself incredibly dull. In my mind, everyone should(‘ve) watch the series, but in reality that’s not the case.
That said, on Sunday night the series aired its final episode and I just can’t let the moment go by without saying something about the whole thing…
First and foremost, I sincerely hope they don’t film a movie. I loved the six amazing seasons and I really do feel like a member of the Crawley family, but I think the whole thing ended perfectly and I am ready to move on to another era with another set of “friends.”
Ok, there are spoilers to follow…
I know that Edith got her shining moment in the series finale and she was given her happily-ever-after… but I think that Edith’s luck changed looong before her wedding. Around the end of season 4/start of season 5 she was given a magazine. She was a woman who owned a magazine in 1924. And then she fired her editor this season! Edith didn’t need romance to be a total badass modern woman.
Also, she total fought to be Marigold’s mother and that alone is incredibly brave.
But of course I’m totally thrilled with her new marriage prospects.
Ok, now let’s talk about Tom. He became quite mild (politically), but in the end I loved his character the most. He was a fabulous brother, an incredible friend to all the men and women introduced to Downton , and an irreplaceable son-in-law. The award for most lovable, amazing, warm-hearted character goes to Tom Branson. Sybil (God rest her soul) knew what she was doing. The series couldn’t have played out like it did without his character.
The scene with him and Henry and the children in the office? It was the cutest thing ever.
This finale allowed Mary to redeem herself. She concealed her news so that Edith could shine, she reacted with concern and selflessness when Anna’s water broke, and she showed her entire family nothing but love and support (Henry’s new venture, Edith’s reconciliation).
And Rose. Darling Rose. I’m so glad they gave her the little role of opening Robert’s eyes. No one else could’ve patiently and cleverly show Lord Grantham how happy and helpful Cora was at the hospital.
And then there are things that were a little too perfect/weren’t totally realistic…. but I’m totally ok with:
- Isobel & Lord Merton. I’m so, so glad she told his children where to go. Honestly, I thought maybe Merton’s kids were poisoning him slowly, but apparently the doctors just messed up.
- Thomas so perfectly ending up back at Downton. I’m not mad about this one little bit. And I bet Master George is ecstatic! I love Thomas and I really love his transformation throughout the six seasons.
- Spratt being the ghost writer for the advice column. Don’t get me wrong- I absolutely love this- but it was just a bit far-fetched.
I am so grateful that The Dowager Countess didn’t die this season. I was terrified that might happen… The series ended absolutely perfectly. I love the intentional loose ends with Tom, Mosley/Baxter, Daisy/Andy, and Mrs. Patmore.
What did you think of the finale?