I don't know about you, but last night was a bittersweet moment for me. I've been a fan of Downton Abbey since Season Three. I had heard about the show for years, but felt far too behind to catch up. One week, while visiting my sister in Colorado, I had insomnia and ended up watching Season One on Netflix over the course of a few nights.
I was hooked.
The cast of characters was broad, the storylines engaging, and the twists and turns left my eyebrows raised throughout the first season.
I watched the Second Season when my neck went out and I was off my feet for several days. Since I was so close to being caught up, I rented the third season and watched that in between daily life.
I became so invested, I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I won't give away any spoilers for those who haven't seen the show, but I was shocked, heartbroken, and almost angry with several storylines. But, I faithfully watched Season Four when it originally aired, wanting to know what would happen next. For me, the plotlines began to drag a bit. I wondered if part of the problem was that I had to wait a week between each episode. Up until then, I had watched several shows in a row on DVD and could stay engaged. Thinking that was the case, I stayed tuned.
Season Five, I must admit, left me feeling a bit upset with Lady Mary and bored with several other storylines. I set my DVR for each episode, but found myself not interested to watch them. Half way through the season, I stopped all together, and surprisingly didn't feel I missed anything.
When Season Six arrived, I thought I'd give the first episode a try (especially because it was the last season). I realized I missed quite a bit from the end of Season Five, but I quickly caught up, and found myself hooked once again. I was reengaged with the characters and storylines, and I truly wanted to see a happily-ever-after for everyone. I was not disappointed--and I could not wait each week for the next episode.
Three years ago, when I was so hooked on the show, I couldn't imagine saying goodbye to the characters. But now, after going through so many ups and downs with them, and feeling a plethora of emotions, I'm ready to see the show end. Overall, it was an amazing story, and I'm happy I invested my time and emotions, but watching all the storylines tie together last night, I wasn't sad. I was very happy and felt satisfied.
Your Turn: Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Are you happy or sad to see it end? If you haven't watched it, do you plan to? Why or why not?
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