The end has finally come for our favorite lords and ladies. Today, the show's production company, Carnival Films, announced that after five years of intrigue and drama, the sixth season of Downton Abbey will be its last.
"Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end, and Downton is no exception," the show's executive producer Gareth Neame said in a statement. "We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up."
Rumors began swirling that the show was wrapping up when Maggie Smith spoke to London’s Sunday Times earlier this month, saying, “They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on. I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now.” With official word of the show's conclusion, we're now mourning the loss of our favorite upstairs-downstairs period drama. Thankfully, the cast is currently filming the final season, so we still have some time before we bid farewell to Crawleys.