Downton Abbey, which just completed a successful season 5 will be ending with the sixth season. The news has been confirmed by the production company Carnival Films.
Carnival Films, PBS and ITV have all confirmed the news. Executive producer, Gareth Neame had released a statement saying that indeed Downton Abbey will come to an end after Season 6. The rumours that were doing the rounds ever since the last days of Downton Abbey Season 5 are true.
The viewers who had spent five years watching the Crawley family and those who serve them are all disappointed, but the management feels that the decision was a good one. Like all good things must come to an end, the time was right for Downton Abbey to end as well. The producers felt that the end of the series should happen when the plot naturally comes to fruition and when there’s still a huge fan following for the show.
Fans are not very shocked by the news, given that it was weeks since the rumour had started, with actors stating that their contracts end with the sixth season, and they feel it’s time to move on to try different things instead of getting stagnated in a particular role.
Downton Abbey was first aired in Britain by ITV in September 2010, and it was aired on PBS in America. The show has since then won accolades for its exceptional plot and acting. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
Created by executive producer Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey has won 11 Emmys since it released in 2010. The writers believe that the show had garnered popularity with its plot-line and exquisitely beautiful sets. Downton Abbey made the British uptight aristocracy “cool”. It set the ball rolling for the advent of period dramas in the television industry.