It’s time to say goodbye to ‘Downton Abbey!’ The final season premieres tonight, Jan. 3, and it’s going to be a wonderful last ride. Before watching the premiere, here’s 5 things you should know. Warning: spoilers ahead!
Can you believe we’ve reached the end of Downton Abbey? It’s truly the end of an era. The beloved show’s sixth and final season premieres Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS, and it’s going to be full of laughter, smiles and tears. How will Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Anna’s lives play out? Here’s 5 spoiler-y things to know before the season premiere!
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1. Everything is changing for the Downton Abbey crew.
The show picks up in 1925, six months after the season 5 finale. Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, revealed that his character knows the tide is shifting in his world, and he must adapt to the future. “He wants to conserve the best of the past, but absolutely understands that the future beckons, and the question in this series is do they succeed,” he told Access Hollywood.
2. Lady Mary’s love life is about as complicated as ever.
Fans have been waiting for seasons for find out if Mary will find true love after Matthew’s shocking death. A familiar suitor will come back into Mary’s life, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be any less drama. “Henry Talbot [played by Matthew Goode] comes back into her life,” Michelle Dockery told our sister site TVLine. “But it’s complicated, as it always is. It’s never plain sailing in her love life.”
3. Familiar faces will return.
Both Rose Leslie and Lily James are set to return for the final season. Lily’s character, Rose, will appear in the Christmas episode, which is also the series finale. Episode four of season 6 features Gwen’s return, and she shocks her old friends when she doesn’t greet Thomas and the rest of the staff, according to Metro UK.
4. Mary and Edith will be at odds.
Mary is currently managing the estate, and Edith is forced to live under Mary’s rules. Needless to say, sibling rivalry starts up between the sisters. “Edith’s living in a house that Mary’s now running, which doesn’t feel great for Edith,” Laura Carmichael told TVLine. “And Edith swans in and out to London, going to fancy this and fancy that. They have moments of being tied with their lot and envious of the other. Therefore, the rivalry sparks up again.”
5. The ending will be very satisfying for fans.
Elizabeth McGovern, who plays Lady Cora, revealed that the final season will delight fans, even though the show is ending. “I think what [creator Julian Fellowes] has done is given the audience a chance to say goodbye to every one of their favorite characters, they all have a little moment and you can see where their life is going to take them,” Elizabeth told E! News. “I think that people will be satisfied; it remains about the characters toward the end.”
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