As many Downton Abbey fans across the globe know, the sixth series is its last.
Last night, I was lucky enough to be able view the first episode. I promise to keep this review as spoiler free as I can.
Based on the first episode, the overall feeling is loss and change. Not just for the audience who have already or will in the few next months say goodbye to their favorite show, but also for the characters.
The world is changing. While Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and the Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) can wax poetically about the past, even these stalwarts of another era know that the world as they knew will soon be gone. The 1920’s is in full swing. While the Wall Street Crash of 1929 is still four years away, there is a hint of how catastrophic the crash maybe on the Crawley’s and their servants.
Downstairs, the specter of Mr. Green still haunts Mr. and Mrs. Bates (Brendan Coyle and Joanne Frogatt). All they want is peace and prosperity, but all they seem to get is agita and trouble. Chelsie (Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes(Phyllis Logan)) are a go, but Julian Fellows has added enough comedy to lighten up the seriousness of their relationship.
As usual, the odd couple of Violet and Isobel (Penelope Wilton) go at it, while Violet and Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) vie for the best lines.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I want more. It’s going to be a good series.
The sixth series of Downton Abbey premieres on Sunday, January 3rd at 9PM on PBS.