Series Six of Downton Abbey is to be the Last.

d abbey 2Since the announcement that Downton stalwart, Maggie Smith would not be returning to her role of Lady Violet Crawley in the long running drama series, rumours have been rife that next one would be the last.

As reported by TV Line yesterday –

Good news, Downton Abbey fans: You will not be subjected to Lady Mary’s nursing-home years. And the reason brings us to some bad news: The PBS phenom is going the way of Isis the dog.

Multiple sources confirm to TVLine that Downton‘s upcoming sixth season will indeed be its last.

The decision to end Downton was mostly a practical one — the cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and, with one or two possible exceptions, the actors are ready to move on.

“You can keep the show going without Matthew and Sybill, but you can’t continue it without the entire Crawley family,” an insider notes.

It is however worth noting that NBC Universal, refused to comment. As the Dowager Dame Maggie herself said “I can’t see how it could go on,” she told the Sunday Times. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”

So, do you think it’s curtain for the show? Do you think that it could or should continue?

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UPDATED!

Unfortunately the time has come for Downton Abbey to come to it’s end. It has now been confirmed that the period drama will end after series 6.

The executive producer of Downton Abbey released a statement:

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. 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.”

Writer and creator, Julian Fellowes also spoke:

“The ‘Downton’ journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. 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.”

The final episode will screen on Christmas Day 2015. At least fans get one more series and the Christmas episode to enjoy before the favourite departs our screens.

Are there any storylines you hope get tied up before the end?

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