2016 may seem like a long time ago, and for me it feels even more distant… That’s right, it has been two long and painful years since Downton Abbey left our screens, and now its back, for a movie.
I am the biggest Downton Abbey fan, I have been known to quote episodes, say that one episode is my favourite then immediately switch to another and I spend most of my life doing quizzes to find out which Crawley sister I am. (It’s Lady Mary by the way, for those of you who are interested!). And to every single Downton Abbey fan’s delight, it has been announced that all those most-loved characters will be hitting the big screen.
So, what can we expect from the new film? There is currently no speculation about potential plotlines, but we can pretty much assume that the movie will start where Season Six finished. For those of you who don’t know, and don’t mind spoilers, continue reading. For those who don’t want spoilers, go and buy the boxset and come back and revel in the excitement once you have caught up!
Season Six left us in 1925, with Lady Mary’s maid, Anna, and valet Bates having a healthy baby boy. After the turmoil of their relationship, fans were thrilled with this resolved and happy ending. Edith married Bertie, who seemed to be her perfect match, especially after he took Lady Edith’s daughter under his wing. Lady Mary was left happily married to entrepreneur/race car driver Henry Talbot. Even though, many characters were seen to be marrying below their status, with multiple children being born out of wedlock, the Crawley family were largely left in positive spirits. Despite the fact that these events, were highly looked down upon by the upper middle classes at this time.
Downton Abbey became renowned for its exploration into the changing aspects of the class system during the turn of the century- an aspect we hope will remain successful within the film. However, with Julian Fellowes back at the helm writing a promising script, we can almost guarantee that the film will remain authentic, and true to its previously successful formula.
But perhaps, what the fans are most excited for is the return of the iconic cast…The fans are in for a real treat, with pretty much the entire reunion of the original television series being cast, especially since the iconic Dame Maggie Smith is reprising her role as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. With her biting wit and infamous cheek, the sharp writing of Fellowes matched with the sheer talent of Smith, Violet instantly became a fan favourite and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the character in the movie.
Text: Emily Jordan
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