The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey premieres on PBS, Sunday, January 3, 2016, at 9:00pm ET/PT. The Downton Abbey TV series finale airs on PBS on March 6, 2016. After that, what’s left for loyal fans? Executive producer Gareth Neame tells TV Insider, “There is the possibility of a Downton Abbey film.” Neame adds, “We don’t have a script yet or any firm plans, but it is certainly something that we’ve been talking about.”
Fans have speculated about a prequel series, but that could necessitate a new cast. Would it really feel like Downton Abbey without at least some of the gifted cast members like Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Michael Fox, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, David Robb, Maggie Smith, and Penelope Wilton?
According to TV Insider, Neame would rather look forward:
If there’s a movie, it won’t be a prequel, Neame noted. “We’re much more likely to find the characters at some point in the near future, on the same narrative journey as the TV show.” That means loyal viewers can expect a batch of their favorite characters, Neame promises. “If you went right back and it was different characters, I’m not sure that would satisfy as much,” he said.
Neame tells TV Insider that the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey includes romance, and of course, tearjerkers. It wouldn’t be Downton Abbey, otherwise.
Are you excited by the prospect of a Downton Abbey movie? Would you buy a ticket? Do you feel the Downton Abbey TV show is ending at the right time, or do you wish there could be a seventh season? Tell us, and share your ideas for a follow-up film, in the comments.