Downton Abbey Team Reveals Series Finale Guest, Talks 'Emotional' Ending

Mr. Carson in tears? OK, now we know we’re not ready for Downton Abbey‘s final season (premiering Jan. 3 on PBS).

“It was strangely affecting, and I didn’t think it would be” Jim Carter, who plays Carson, told TVLine of shooting the series’ final scene when we spoke on the Emmys red carpet Sunday. “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.”

TVLine also spoke with Downton creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame, neither of whom would give us any dirt on the rumored death in Season 6. We did, however, learn that a familiar face will be popping up in the final episode:

“I was in the last scene of the show,” Neame revealed. “The last scene we ever shot, I’m in it. … I’m a waiter, and I’ve stolen the scene. It’s all about the waiter.”

Hit PLAY on our interview with the Downton team above, then drop a comment: What are your hopes for the show’s final season?

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