What will I do when I can no longer enjoy and complain about the ludicrous plots and glaring anachronisms of Downton Abbey? For five seasons, it’s been my unmissable hate watch, and now it’s coming to an end, although some might say that it was really all over the night Isis the Dog kicked the bucket.
In my fantasies, the final series will reveal that Mr and Mrs Bates actually did kill all those people, and many more victims as well. The Bates will flee England under the cover of darkness to escape mass murder charges, and settle in California, where, using their experiences as Downton staff, they’ll set themselves up in the hospitality business. They’ll open a friendly little inn, and call it “The Bates Motel.”
This final season premieres 20 September 2015 on ITV in the UK, and 3 January 2016 on PBS in the US.