- Mary Sukala
- Staff Writer
Between gorgeous, glitzy costumes, emotional moments that strum the heartstrings and, of course, Violet’s famous “zingers,” there’s something for everyone in the award-winning British historical drama “Downton Abbey.”
The series returns for a sixth and final season, airing in America in January 2016.
Fans simply cannot wait to feast their eyes on the cast’s luxurious 1920s attire and to see what Julian Fellowes – the mastermind behind the show – has planned for the fictional English family that has captured the hearts of so many Americans.
Here are some sneak peeks into the new season’s happenings.
There are mild spoilers ahead.
The show follows an aristocratic British family from the years leading up to the first World War to about two decades before the start of the second, opening with the Grantham clan almost losing their beloved estate after the tragic Titanic death of the heir.
As the series goes on, the eldest daughter, Lady Mary, weds the new heir, Matthew Crawley.
The marriage secures their ownership of the estate and keeps it “in the family.”
Throughout its previous five seasons, “Downton Abbey” maintained an even-handed blend of humorous antics and serious, heart-warming – or heart-wrenching – scenes that made those watching keep a hand on the tissue box.
This was partially due to the various romances – both forbidden and encouraged – that were peppered throughout the previous five seasons.
These last episodes will be no exception.
Hugh Bonneville, the actor behind the main man of Downton Abbey, Robert Lord Grantham, alluded to this in an interview with press in London, as he said, “Some faces that we met towards the end of the fifth season may or may not be coming over the horizon to break or make the hearts of Lady Mary and Lady Edith and people like that.”
On a more serious note, the hardships of Thomas Barrows, the closeted gay butler played by Rob James-Collier, may be at an all-time high.
Faced with the illegality of his own nature, Barrows may very well strike a chord with anyone in the LGBTQ community who is struggling with opposition and adversity.
The cast has hinted that there will be at least one funeral afflicting the Grantham/Crawley family.
Speculation suggests that it could be Barrows.
The trailer is ultimately a montage of farewells and heartfelt embraces that might leave even the strongest fans in tears, and ends with Carson closing the doors to Downton Abbey for what we may presume to be our last time.
With at least one funeral in the works for this season, the possibility of love for Lord Grantham’s girls, and the day-to-day excitement of the Roaring Twenties, there is much to anticipate for this season of Downton Abbey.
The season begins Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. on PBS Masterpiece Theater.