RECAP: Downton Abbey Season 6 finale keeps us hanging on for Christmas
Oh what are we to do over these weeks of dark dreary Sunday nights to come? After years of following the ups and downs(stairs) of Downton Abbey, our journey with the Crawleys et al sadly came to an end last night (until the much anticipated Christmas episode, that is).
Lady Mary had her happily-ever-after while the mousey Lady Edith, at the brink of Marchioness greatness, had happiness cruelly snatched away by her ‘bitch’ sister. That’s right, the dam of long-held resentment finally burst last night when Edith spewed forth her anger in a most unladylike manner with liberal use of the invective ‘bitch’. We are not used to such language in the sedate Downton household!
Emotions were high as Tom, the original ‘outsider’, gave Mary an earful for not seeing that Henry Talbot was perfect for her, and for resisting happiness due to her snobby views on class differences. There cannot be many brothers-in-law who can dish out insights on love the way Tom can. It seems he is more than a little bit smitten with the motor racing Henry himself.
The wedding scene seemed to pop up with unbecoming haste in order to squeeze it all in before the end of the programme, thereby missing out on the romance factor in this union. Perhaps the lacking romance may be delivered by the spadeful when Edith is reunited with Bertie. This is hotly anticipated by diehard Downton followers, and we desperately hope the last hurrah of the Christmas special will deliver on our wishes.
Nevertheless, the waspish Mary was very touching when she went to speak to her ‘darling’ Matthew’s grave to let him know that he will always be loved, and to ask for his forgiveness in marrying Henry. Our hearts and sympathy went out to her as we have sometimes been guilty of forgetting her hidden anguish of losing Matthew in the face of her haughty and cold demeanour. With her final farewell to Matthew, she can now finally step out to a new future.
Meanwhile, our friends downstairs had their own share of drama. Never have we seen the likes of so much blood in Downton than in this final series. His Lordship’s shocking collapse a few weeks ago has now been topped by Mr Barrow’s attempted suicide by slitting (or ‘cutting’ as referred to by His Lordship) his wrists, which dragged viewers out of the gentle warm cocoon that is Downton to the cold, hard bath tub in which he was found.
The fuzzy warm feeling we know and love was still aplenty in the form of His Lordship’s new puppy, however. Lord Grantham’s family life must soon be happy and complete with his new dog and his two daughters finally married off (well, fingers crossed for Edith). As he said prophetically last night with regards to surprises, “I’m sure we haven’t seen the last one yet”.
We are banking so much on a beautiful and happy conclusion for this much loved family that woe betide Julian Fellowes if he does not deliver the Christmas package that we hope to get. We can only wait and see!
Going to miss Downton Abbey? Don’t despair! The final Downton Abbey Christmas special will air on Christmas Day on ITV.