Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz, Oli Coleman with Rachel Maresca
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:22 PM
“Downton Abbey” fans can expect resolution when the show’s final season begins on Jan. 3. According to Jessica Fellowes, the niece of creator Julian Fellowes, the runaway PBS series will leave no stone unturned.
“They were very conscious that this was the season of resolution,” says Fellowes, whose brand new coffee table book “Downton Abbey” is a must-have for fans who can’t get enough of the popular period drama. Fellowes says her uncle had planned to end the show after five seasons, but needed to do a sixth.
“I think you’ll get a sense of ending,” she said.
In addition to seeing Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) tie the knot, we’ll also see Bates (Brendan Coyle) and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) continue to look for eternal bliss, though they shouldn’t expect much help from the show’s creator.
“The problem is that they are very good and decent people and dramatically watching good and decent people go around being good and decent doesn’t have people tuning in week after week, so Julian always throws these obstacles at them,” Fellowes said. “He thinks we like watching fundamentally decent people try to manage difficulties.”
We’re told that Lady Mary Crawley will continue to have her suitors, though the actress who plays her, Michelle Dockery, doesn’t put a premium on popularity.
“What I think is brilliant about Michelle Dockery as an actor is she doesn’t play to be liked,” said Fellowes. “She’s OK with having a character be a bit unliked.”
Whether or not that will amount to romance for Lady Mary remains to be seen.
“Ooh I’m not telling you that!” Fellowes said. “She’s pretty, isn’t she? I think she’ll always have admirers.”
According to Fellowes, the drama surrounding Carson and Mrs. Hughes becomes “absolutely the funniest thing you’ve ever seen on television” when the show’s cook, Beryl Patmore (Lesley Nicol), gets drawn into the situation.
“Basically Mrs. Patmore has become a sex counselor,” we’re told.