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Downton Abbey series finale aired in the US this past Sunday [Spoilers!]

Downton Abbey series finale aired in the US this past Sunday [Spoilers!]

After much ado about the lack of religion in the series, liturgy fans will have noted the (no spoilers!) major wedding was not only held in a church, but the priest even wore the proper stole.

The 9th episode in the American run ran as the Christmas special in England, and the 95 minute episode plots the satisfyingly predictable twists and turns in the lives of the Crawley family as they close out the year 1925 and end the saga of Downton Abbey.

The New York Times has a final, spoiler-heavy, review of the finale if you need a little bit more after watching the episode, available for free to stream from PBS. From the landing page, you can watch the episode, a behind the scenes clip, and a special post-finale feature with the cast sharing their reflections on closing out the show.

What did you think of the finale? Were you satisfied with the final plot and closure?


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Philip B. Spivey

I’m pleased that Thomas Barrow was not sacrificed.
I’m sad that Tom Branson did not find the true love he deserved because he was easily the most lovable of the bunch.
I wept at Carson’s palsy; I have nothing but compassion for Mrs. Carson.
Lady Mary got just what she deserved: another cold fish.
Lady Edith got just what she deserved: Another child to care for.
I applaud the Earl of Grantham’s resilience–despite an ulcer set-back–in the face of his unraveling world. He never turned angry and cold.
I applaud Cora Crawley for never raising her voice above 6 decibels.
I applaud Joanne Froggatt for giving one of the most harrowing performances I’ve ever seen on screen: She navigated prison for her husband, her self, the violation of her body, an aborted pregnancy and the gift of a newborn with a steely faith. God bless her.
I applaud Daisy’s grit and honesty: She’s an unapologetic, in your face, feminist.
I lament the parade of beautiful men that did not survive to see the final episode.
Denka. What can you say? The name says it all.
And the glue that conspired to keep everyone together—the Dowager Countess, Violet Crawley, a force of nature who bridged two centuries, who witnessed mores crumbling by the minute and whose final days will be spent with—Denka!

Is that what Hell looks like?

Paul Woodrum

JC, my comment was intended to suggest like-minded companions. Interpreting it to imply sexual harassment does imply some stereotyping, but not on my part.

Paul Woodrum

Edith should be happy in her new home, actually Alnwick Castle, home of the Duke of Northumberland. It’s foundation dates back to 1096 and, as a lived in castle from the Norman period, is second in size only to Windsor Castle.

Edgar Kinnier, Jr.

I think it is sad that there was not more about church life during those times. Just think about the Crawley family singing a favority CE song.

Paul Woodrum

As butler, lonely Barrow will get to select a whole new obeisance of gay footmen and never be lonely again.

JC Fisher

I know you’re trying to be witty here, Paul, but to suggest that Thomas could only find a way out of being gay and “lonely” via sexual harrassment of underlings, perpetuates a really horrible stereotype. [Yes, I’m ticked that practically EVERYONE got a least a promise of being happily partnered (we all caught the flirtation developing between Tom Branson and Edith’s magazine editor, who caught the bridal bouquet?), except Thomas. >:-/ ]

Paul Powers

I think Thomas doesn’t want just a sex buddy, but instead what today we’d call a life partner. There may have been places in the 1920s where this type of same-sex relationship was possible (e.g. Gertrude Stein’s and Alice B. Toklas’ salon was flourishing during that era), but I doubt that a servants’ hall in a Yorkshire stately home was one of them.

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