For quite some time now, heinous rumors have been swirling that the hit television series Downton Abbey was on its last season. For those who have been living under a rock, Downton Abbey is a drama following the bustling life of the Crawlely family in an Edwardian country house during 1912. Covering two sets of people – the family and their cadre of servants – Downton Abbey has been a smash success and has captured the attention of millions. Previously, both PBS and ITV have denied the claims the show was ending. However, it’s a verified fact that after season, the Crawleys, their servants, and the rest of the glorious cast of Downton will be waiving their final goodbyes.
After the sixth season, the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has confirmed the show will not return for a seventh. Instead, Fellowes is looking to start projects “across the pond” in the United States NBC called “The Gilded Age.” Reportedly, The The Gilded Age will be set in 19th century New York, which is similar to the timeframe of Downton. The Gilded Age will be an epic tale about the princes of the American Renaissance and the gargantuan fortunes they made.
However, it’s not just Fellowes that is looking for more opportunities. According to an anonymous source quoted in the Mirror, “It’s an open secret that Downton is ending this year. Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the U.S., where Downton is as popular as it is in the U.K.” On March 1, Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham or the family matriarch, told the Sunday Times in Britain that season six would be her last, but a rep for Maggie Smith told BuzzFeed News “she would stay in the show for as long as the show runs.”
Fortunately, ITV, the network that air’s Downton Abbey in the U.K. isn’t planning on leaving viewers high and dry. The Mirror reports the network is already on the hunt for a replacement series featuring some of the top stars from Downton. In any case, this replacement will have huge shoes to fill. The fourth and fifth season premiers racked up 10.1 and 10.2 million American viewers respectively.
Although it’s hurtful, it has indeed become painfully clear that the iconic Downton Abbey is nearing the end of its road. However, viewers may still be able to catch the subtle humor, elegance, and class synonymous with Downton in the Fellowes’ new American project. On the other hand, viewers may be able to steal a glimpse of the Earl of Grantham’s (Hugh Bonneville) pomp or Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess’s (Maggie Smith) in one of their new acting gigs. While you can undoubtedly expect to see the stars from Downton taking on a bevy of new roles, it’s highly unlikely you will the Crawley family and their staff at Downton Abbey following season six..