I am not taking this well. In fact, I’m a sentimental puddle right now. Show of hands, who’s with me?
I hate goodbyes, even when the friends are fictional and the place is one I’ve never stepped foot on.
As ghastly as it was to see our beloved Downton come to an end, I must say, Sir Julian and company did a bang up job wrapping up so many loose ends and delivering a satisfying ending for everybody (perhaps TOO satisfying?)
Upstairs and downstairs, our characters were given resolution, hope, and more than a dash of romance. Love was in the air like crazy cakes, as almost everybody had a twinkle in their eyes for somebody else.
And a couple of loathsome ladies, namely Amelia Cruikshank Merton and Denker were put in their places. Really, I hope Denker gets a job over at the Merton’s castle. Goodness knows they deserve each other.
So, in order of last to first, with the first being most wondrous and uplifting, sniffle-worthy, here are my thoughts on all the resolutions and punctuation marks in our favorite six-season story:
10. Daisy and Andy: Andy, as Mr. Mason pointed out quite accurately, is a “cracking lad,” and silly Daisy almost let him slip through her foolish fingers. But, kicked in the pants by Mrs. Patmore and Mr. Mason, and armed with a spunky new bob, Daisy will move to the farm and no doubt end up as Mrs. Andy in the near future.
9. “Let’s not be out of step anymore,” Andy said to Daisy by way of clearing up years of confusion and awkwardness. May it be so. A simple, profound line.
8. But will my Mrs. Patmore be Daisy’s new sort-of mother-in-law? She was awfully dewy-eyed when Mr. Mason voiced his hope that she would come round the farm more often…(Goodbye Mrs. Patmore! I follow you on Twitter now! Don’t be a stranger! Love you! Okay, I’ll stop now…)
7. How very juicy when the Dowager Countess absolutely vanquished Denker with one sentence: “Who knew we had an expert in the basement?” This of course referred to Spratt and his “dooble life” as an advice columnist at Edith’s magazine. So instead of getting him sacked, Denker managed to elevate her foe in Violet’s eyes. Butler/Agony Aunt? That sounds like a pretty nifty two-for-one deal.
6. Hurrah! Lord Merton doesn’t have pernicious anemia, but another more manageable sort, AND Isabel can’t live without him! Jolly good stuff! However, his daughter in law is Satan, so there is that.
5. Henry and Tom, the car-crazy brothers-in-law, shall go into business together in the world’s quaintest car dealership! And Mary’s not only pleased, she’s…
4. Pregnant! Sweet. And nice to see Henry bonding with Master George, who could not be cuter or more winsome.
3. Got a wee bit choked up when George said goodbye to Mr. Barrow. So glad he was brought back to the Abbey for keeps, to run things as butler and keep a loving eye on George like Carson has done with Mary.
2. I forgave Carson his utter old boobyness of late. “The Palsy,” he called it, forced him to give up serving the “holy family,” as Mrs. Hughes calls them. Bittersweet, to be sure. What I really liked was Mary’s panic when she thought Carson wouldn’t be around anymore. “You know how dear you are to me, and if there are any changes to be made, we must not be afraid to face them.” It showed her deep love for the man who has cared for her like a daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed their Anne of Green Gables, Matthew Cuthbert relationship (not that Mary is remotely like our AOGG!).
And it’s a tie for #1 Best Resolution:
1. Edith is FINALLY happy, as Bertie’s wife, Marigold’s mother, and marchioness of Hexham. And oh, that castle, with its crenelated turrets and the astonishing kelly green dining room that goes on and on! Plus she wins outfit of the night with her lustrous wedding gown and that veil, fanned out like a waterfall of moonlight.
1. Anna and Bates have their baby boy, and no murder charges are outstanding for either one of them! They were my favorites from the start, though they faded into the woodwork this season. Lovely to see them content and looking forward to a happy future.
Although, they didn’t give the little guy a name, did they? That simply won’t do, not on this blog!
So how about Julian, in honor of the writer who has given us all so much storytelling pleasure over the last five years?
Julian. Julian John Bates.
What do you think?
How did you like or dislike the ending?
Who will you miss the most?
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