Although ITV’s universally acclaimed Downton Abbey leaves our screens after this year’s final series there’s still more than enough intrigue and rumour to keep us on the edge of our seats. And if you have no idea about what could happen to the Crawleys and their servants in the end, don’t worry – it seems that neither do the writers, at least for now. Downton Abbeycreator Julian Fellowes told a crowd at the Writers’ Guild on Sunday that the cast have no idea about how the series will end – because he himself is still to write the final episode.
Fellowes also took the time to speak about Dame Maggie Smith – described by producer Gareth Neame as ‘Julian’s muse’- and about the decision to give her character, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, a suitor to make sure olders’ love lives are given more attention. “I like older characters to have emotional lives. In Movieland, women’s sex lives end at 30, men go on to 78“.
He also joked that he “didn’t sit at his desk plotting to kill characters“, after several viewer complaints about the deaths of popular characters Lady Sybil and Matthew Crawley. Downton Abbey returns for its sixth and final series this autumn.