Everything must come to an end, including Downton Abbey. But with an ending comes new beginnings…possibly in the form of a movie! Executive producer Gareth Neame fielded questions from the press shortly after Downton Abbey's end was announced and revealed why the show is ending after six years, who will be in this season and if we've seen the last of the Crawley clan when Downton Abbey wraps its run.
"I think our feeling is that it's good to quite while you're ahead. We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape…the show is so popular globally, but the danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever. The danger is if you run to seven, eight, nine, 10 years, it's very addictive to want to do that," Neame said. "But I think it's more important to us to make a perfectly formed show, in our opinion, that we bring to an end when they think the timing is right and that people will love and remember that show for many, many years to come and not feel that there was any sort of drop off—we outstayed our welcome."