Preview: How Will It All End?
What's the best way to get ready for Downton Abbey's last-ever episode? Fans should have a handkerchief on hand during the series finale, writer/creator Julian Fellowes tells the MASTERPIECE Studio podcast. "But on the whole, I would open a bottle of champagne and just sit back and enjoy it."
So, which is it to be: tears or triumph? The answer, we suspect, depends on the resolution to the questions below. Will any or all of our Downton Abbey wishes come true? Check out the various end-of-Downton scenarios, then share your own questions and hopes for Downton's ending.
Will Edith Find Happiness?
Edith, now comfortable at the helm of The Sketch, has harnessed her inner Anna Wintour; she's (barely) survived Marigold's parentage disclosure to Mary; and she's matured into a woman who demonstrates forgiveness and perspective. Plus, she never wanted to be a Marchioness anyway. But this is Downton Abbey, people, and we want Edith to find lasting romantic happiness, too! Is Edith's last chance at hand?
Will Michael Gregson return alive and well to reunite with his beloved and make a complete, legitimate family? Will the mysterious Patrick Crawley/Gordon show up, bandage-free, to reclaim his inheritance and proclaim love for Edith? Will Bertie find a way to trust and forgive the woman he loves? Or (sniff) none of the above?
Will Mary Change?
Mary may have admitted her love, confronted her fears, and married her man, but has she really accepted Henry? They can ignore the automobile in the room for only so long, while Henry's livelihood—and Charlie Rogers' ghost—still hang in the balance. And, if Mary does accept Henry's career and find contentment, will she return to her softer self of Season 3, and make herself worthy of Edith's forgiveness? Or will she snipe, spurn, and eye-roll her way through the 20th century?
Will Tom Find Love?
Lady Mary decidedly isn't in the cards for Downton Abbey's favorite eligible bachelor, but time's not yet run out for Tom Branson to find love. Will Julian Fellowes pair him up with ultra-likable editor Laura Edmonds in a love affair forged faster than Henry can race around the track at Brooklands? Or is there a wildcard shocker among the remaining single ladies? It seems inconceivable that Downton's font of romantic wisdom wisdom wouldn't have a union of his own as the series closes!
Isobel & Dickie Merton: Is There Still Hope?
Fans of Cousin Isobel are still bereft over the Larry Merton-induced rift between her and Downton's most affable aristocrat, Dickie Merton. Is there any chance remaining that with (or in spite of) the meddling of "cool little miss" Amelia Cruikshank, Isobel and Dickie might marry after all?
And Baby Makes Three?
Anna, stitch intact, was showing as of Episode 7's Brooklands race. Dare we hope that the pregnancy will make it to term, the finale will coincide with a due date, and a bouncing baby Bates—born with better luck than his or her troubled parents—will make three? "Bad harvest!"
Will Thomas Leave Downton?
Carson's campaign for a leaner, Barrow-free Downton was put on hold when the despondent and isolated footman tried to take his own life. But the staffing issue isn't resolved, and Carson may yet give Thomas his marching papers. Will Thomas leave Downton Abbey for good? And if so, will he find a job and even find love? Or will the black dog of depression finally overtake him?
Will a Molesley/Baxter Romance Happen?
It happened for Anna and Bates, Carson and Mrs. Hughes, and even, kind of, William and Daisy. So could romance finally blossom between Downton's servant/philosopher/teacher Molesley and its soft-spoken, wistful lady's maid Baxter? Imagine a cottage where a sewing machine softly hums and pages of a weighty historical tome quietly turn as Baxter and Molesley grow old together, happily!
Is There More Than a Picnic Basket Between Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Mason?
Now that the B&B is on the up and up, its reputation for scrumptious scones replacing its reputation for unsavory liaisons, Mrs. Patmore is free to reap her rewards and look to her distant retirement. But will she spend that dream of retirement alone, or will the blossoming friendship between her and Mr. Mason evolve into something more?
Will Daisy Ever Learn?
Daisy has learned plenty and mastered her exams. But while this book-smart assistant cook may be ready to take on the workforce, she is still far from being a scholar of the human heart. Will she remain oblivious to Andy's affection, Mr. Mason's advice and Mrs. Patmore's wisdom? Or will she embrace the love and support that surrounds her?
Will the Dowager Countess Have the Last Word?
If Julian Fellowes is merciful, and Violet's trip to Provence was her only Downton departure, then we expect her to have the very last word—and that it be every bit as clever, wise, and flawless as all the zingers that came before!