The time has come for the long-awaited continuation of Downton Abbey. But it’s hard to watch without heaving a solemn sigh–knowing this will be Downton’s final season. It’s quite a lot to bear.
What is it about this turn of the century, British melodrama that has us all so giddily obsessed?
Perhaps it’s the fashion, poise, and charm of the characters?
The lavish lifestyle of Edwardian-England?
The drama downstairs?
The devotion to duty?
The swerving plot?
Or the wry English wit? (Mostly zingers from the Dowager Countess.)
We will miss all of the above. But I personally blame everything on Sir Julian Fellowes.
Julian Fellowes chose a period in British history with so much depth, drama, and complexity, it immediately lent itself to the gravitational pull of an audience. He created some of the most endearing (and abominable) characters ever to hit TV. He formulated humor and pathos, plot twists, romance, and resolution with such perfection, that we even forgave him for killing off two of our favorite characters–both in the same season. Now that’s loyalty.
And did I mention Julian Fellowes wrote every single line of captivating dialog himself?
What a guy.
He’s just spoiled us to no end. Without Downton Abbey, how will we survive?
The only redeeming news to report is that our beloved Julian Fellowes is already entrenched in his latest project, The Gilded Age, a new series set in the late 19th century among the upper crust of New York society.
Mr. Fellowes, you have some big shoes to fill…your own. But we, your loyal watchers, will all be waiting with bated breath!
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