There’s good news and bad news, “Downton Abbey” fans.
The good news is that there’s no longer a need to worry that Dame Maggie Smith will call it quits from the U.K. drama. The bad news is that season 6 will be the show’s last.
As previously rumored, executive producer Gareth Neame confirmed that the show be coming to an end.
“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,” he said in an ITV press release.
Neame adds, “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…”
Peter Fincham, Director of Television for ITV, where the show airs in the U.K., teased that the concluding Christmas special will bring the show “to an end that started as a leap of faith for all of us, and ended surpassing all expectations.”
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Troy Frisby is a pop culture writer who is obsessed with anything even remotely related to TV (anything with a script), pop music (anything with a beat) and Rose McGowan (no exceptions).