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Monday, March 7, 2016

Farewell, Downton Abbey

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?

Gabrielle Meyer
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  1. Hi Gabrielle, I'm a devoted fan. I admire Julian Fellows for his excellent writing!

    1. Hi, Carrie! Yes, I also admire Julian Fellows. He artfully wove together several storylines and he did it in a way that was engaging and believable. He definitely brought the different eras to life.

  2. Hi Gabrielle, I missed the first couple seasons of Downton Abby but have watched it off and on since. I hope to get the DVD's soon and watch from the first season.

    1. I'd love to back and watch them all again for the first time. I hope you get the chance. Thank you for stopping by today!

  3. I was also a late-comer to Downton Abbey. I didn't start watching until season 5. I'm not a TV watcher in general, so it took a LOT of people telling me that I HAD to watch this before it took. And I'm glad I did. It was a well-written and well-produced show.

    1. I agree. I had several people encouraging me to watch it before I actually did--and I'm not disappointed! I look forward to going back and watching it again.

  4. "Auld Lang Syne" at the finale was very touching. I liked the downstairs staff most. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    1. I loved that scene, as well. It was so sad that many of the beloved downstairs characters were no longer standing there, but I felt their presence.

  5. I heard a lot about it from my British friends before it came out, so I was ready at the start. I adored this show, even when I was annoyed with it (the Patrick episode) but it held a bit piece of my heart and I loved the finale. Masterpiece is the only show I watch live, so it meant a lot to me. Each character had their moments. My favorite is Mrs. Hughes.


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