March 6, 2016

what will you miss about downton abbey?

The absolute last episode of Downton Abbey airs tonight.

If you have never seen the series, 
I highly recommend you start with a season one
on dvd right away. You won't be sorry!

Here are 

The five things I will miss most about Downton Abbey:

1.    Matthew and Mary’s relationship.  I loved all the twists and turns, but mostly I still miss Matthew.  He was one of my favorite characters.   Their chemistry was fantastic!

2.    The fashion!  The costume designers went to great lengths to recreate the glorious fashions of that era with accuracy and great individual style. The series starts in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic and ends in the mid to late 1920's. What a change in fashion during that time, from sweet Edwardian style to sexy flapper style!

3.    The relationship between Mrs. Patmore and Daisy. Too many cooks in the kitchen?  Not this one. They both were such real characters and so cute and funny with each other.  The flow of the dialogue and their cooking was flawless. I loved that the kitchen was the hub of the action with the servants downstairs. 

4.    Lady Mary and Anna her lady maid.  Mary and Anna had a great trust between each other and I think it was a great representation of how the upstairs class can get along with the downstairs class.  They confided with each other in matters that no one else knew about.  BTW, I have always wondered why Lady Edith didn’t have a lady maid.  Did she share Anna, did she have one they never showed or does she just not have one because she’s not the eldest in the family?  

5.    The great Dowager Countess Violet!  I think I will miss Maggie Smith’s little smirks and comments the most.  She was the much needed comic relief in the show.  And so believable too!  I enjoyed seeing her friendship with Isobel Crawley evolve as well.  

Things I won’t miss…

1.   I was never really a fan of the Anna and Bates drama.  In jail, out of jail, in jail… I am happy things have settled down for them now.

2.   Remember O’brien? She was Lady Cora’s lady maid the first few seasons.  She was hard to like, although the scheming between she and Thomas was quite entertaining.  At least Thomas has some redeemable qualities, like his relationship with little Master George.  So sweet!  You know that Thomas will eventually stay on and become head butler for little George when he takes over Downton Abbey. That’s the direction the relationship is headed, I think.

3.   Lavinia. She was so sweet and pretty, but I did not want her to get between Matthew and Mary.  Sad for her demise.

4.   Edith’s bad luck. From being jilted at the altar to having an illegitimate child, I am happy things are ending on a good note for her!

5.  All the grandchildren only have one parent, having the other parent die in a terrible tragedy, but at least the little cousins all have each other. 

So, so sad to see this series end!
What will you miss most?

ciao! fabiana


Mary Ann Pickett said...

We are in Paris and still haven't seen the last sad to have it over though. You are right. Why didn't Lady Edith have a lady's maid?

cindy hattersley design said...

I missed the first couple of seasons so am getting my fix that way!! Good point about Lady Edith!!

Karen said...

I've recorded the last episode, I was afraid I'd fall asleep last night. I will miss the clothes, his Lordship and Tom. I loved Mary at first, especially when Matthew was around, but she irritated me so with her bomb of a comment in front of Edith's new, soon to be fiance, I hated her for that. I'm hopeful it will all be made right with the final episode.
I look forward to seeing your ideas for a spring mantle this Friday.


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