After months of speculation, it was finally announced this week that Downton Abbey will end with season 6 followed by a "concluding special" at Christmastime.
Instead of simply accepting the inevitable, timely death of this beloved show, many fans have begun speculating that a film could continue the series beyond its departure from the our screens. This is not a good idea. In fact, it is a terrible one.
Downton Abbey Needs to Wrap Up
Mary needs to find her Prince Charming (hopefully Matthew Goode's Henry Talbot!), Edith needs to blossom and stop being an awkward middle child, Mrs Hughes and Mr Carson need to have a fairytale Downton Abbey wedding and Cousin Violet needs to die peacefully in her sleep (in her own bed).
That is enough. Nothing else matters.
While fans will miss catching up with the Crawleys and seeing the drama of life as British aristocrats in the early 20th century, every show has its use-by-date and Downton Abbey has well and truly reached its own.
Some would say it lost the plot when Matthew and Sybil died, but I will give it a bit more credit. I would say that the fifth season, the most recent one, was, for me, the least interesting one.
I didn't care for Lord Gillingham or Charles Blake. Whether or not Mr Bates killed the chauffeur became less and less intriguing as the episodes rolled on and we failed to learn anything new. Edith's baby woes were remotely entertaining, but we all knew her parents would accept Marigold in the end, so it never really drew me in.
The thing that kept me tuning in last year was the Russian Prince, who unfortunately was completely wasted by the writers. Cousin Violet's second chance at happiness was mainly discussed between her and Cousin Isabel, which, although diverting, meant we never got to know this long-lost love and didn't really mind what happened to him in the final episode.
I still enjoy Downton Abbey, and watch it religiously. This is why I feel like it is time for it to wrap up and conclude with the grace and style that it, and its fans, deserve.
Failed TV-Show Film Reboots
Plus, let me remind you of some TV shows that failed miserably when transferred to the big screen.
- Bewitched was an abomination, an embarrassment for all involved and all viewers that spent good money going to see it.
- Sex and the City (particularly the sequel) were unnecessarily crass, far too rushed and underdeveloped and the second one was terribly racist and (worst of all) boring!
- The X-Files movies, like The X Files: I Want to Believe, were disappointing to fans and added nothing to the franchise (other than some more dollars in producers pockets!).
Downton Abbey Deserves Better
Downton Abbey fans should want the series to retain its dignity. They should want the characters to have the happy endings we have all been waiting for. I am horrified by reports that a Downton Abbey film is "a definite possibility"!
A Downton Abbey film would take the series too far and destroy the family (staff included) that we have come to know and love! It would be a money-making exercise pure and simple, and could never have the same charm and flair that Julian Fellowes brought to his wonderful TV series.
It is time to say goodbye. Enough is enough.
What did you think when you heard season 6 will be the final season of [Downton Abbey](series:251870)? Were you as happy as I was? Do you want them to continue the series by making a film? Or do you agree that a Downton Abbey film would be a terrible idea?