Downton Abbey Series Finale

Downton Abbey Series Finale Plot Revealed: Expect 'Love' and 'Loss'

With Downton Abbey‘s series finale set to air across the pond in less than six weeks, Masterpiece is revealing new details about the 90-minute swan song.

The sendoff, which will air in the U.S. on March 6 (9/8c, PBS), offers “all the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and, as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve together at the great house,” per the official logline.

Production spent a week at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, which doubled as the location for Brancaster, the setting of last season’’s shooting party hosted by Lord Sinderby. Several scenes were also shot at the Ritz Hotel in central London.

On the guest casting front, Lily James and Matt Barber will return as Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge, respectively, while Patricia Hodge has been tapped to play Bertie Pelham’’s mother.

At the Emmys in September, original cast member Jim Carter, who plays Carson, told TVLine that he found the finale “strangely affecting,” adding, “We do a job, we move on, that’s the rhythm of our lives. But we shot the last scene that the servants do together — it was quite a sentimental scene — and at the end of it, I completely took myself by surprise by … getting quite tearful.”

Downton Abbey‘s final season kicks off Stateside on Jan. 3.


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  1. Shaun says:

    The final season was kinda meh,but the Xmas episode usually delivers.

    • Ben says:

      I feel like the final season was a return to season one, and I really enjoyed it.

    • Hege says:

      I loved season 6. Thought it was quite entertaining and they didn’t drag every storyline out.

      • Sarah says:

        I have to wonder if you were watching the same series as me. Not drag a story line out? by the end of eight weeks I was screaming for mercy after that hospital saga. It wasn’t even interesting to start with and we had EIGHT WEEKS of it. Not as bad as two series of who killed evil valet, but all the same…

  2. Larc says:

    If the plot has been revealed, what is it? Nothing here addresses plot specifically.

    • wysloos says:

      Trust me, those of us who’ve watched the final series (which ended last week in the UK) now know the plot for the Christmas special based on these comments.

    • abby says:

      It’s already aired in the UK so anyone who wants to know can probably find it a full episode recap on a UK based website without much effort.

  3. Carol C says:

    So looking forward to this.

  4. Miffy says:

    They should have the house explode at the end. All TV series should end with the main locale exploding.

  5. Mike says:

    There should be a spinoff on the Hughses as they run there B&B, only it should be a comedy- like The Ropers. Go Google it.

  6. Dora says:

    The final season I can’t believe that is about to be over WOW I’m looking forward to see it March 6( Sunday)