Do you think Downton Abbey should’ve continued? Recently, creator Julian Fellowes spoke with Deadline about his decision to end the popular UK TV series.
The period drama, which aired on PBS in the U.S., starred Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter, and Laura Carmichael. The sixth and final season ended earlier this year.
When asked why he ended the show, Fellowes said the story ideas were starting to run out:
What happens in the end with any serial drama is there’s a limited number of things that happen to human beings. You do start to understand why, inDynasty, Fallon ended up going up in a rocket ship with aliens. There are moments when you’re just thinking, “What can I make happen to them now?” And I think, if you stay too long, you start to repeat. Basically: are we happily married? Do we like our job? Are the children doing well? Are our parents OK? I mean, this is all our lives. When you’ve explored all of those for all the characters, then I think it’s time to say goodbye. And I like that it ended happily. I feel that if an audience has been loyal to you for six years, they deserve to go away from the last episode feeling good”
Earlier, Dockery said that while the show is over, Downton Abbey may continue in the form of a movie.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Do you think the series was starting to run dry story-wise?
It was hardly getting “tedious.” In what remote sense was it getting “tedious”? Just to have the pleasure to watch Maggie Smith and bask in the luxury of her bon mots was reason enough to tune in. That said, it was time to end. As Mr. Fellowes said, what else could he have done? There was murder, rape, affairs, lies, marriages, deaths, illnesses, wars. He covered the waterfront and did so gloriously. There were moments in the show where he was obviously floundering, such as when Lord Grantham said lines like, “It’s time for luncheon.” — when the underside of… Read more »
It was getting tedious, so yes it was time to end.