Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Downton Abbey {no spoilers}

It's no secret that I love Downton Abbey, and my visit to Highclere Castle is one of my favorite days ever.  Each year, I watch the first few episodes as we get them aired to us on PBS, but as soon as the DVD comes out, I buy it and binge watch the remainder as soon as possible.

This year, I thought I would try to savor the last season, and watch as they aired.  Well, I managed to hold off for one week, and then on Monday, I purchased the DVD.  
I watched episodes 6-8 on Monday afternoon/evening, and then watched the final Christmas episode tonight.  I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the final episodes {but with NO SPOILERS}.
First, I think that they showed us all that is Downton in all of it's glory.  By that I mean, each character seemed to take us on along a path that is quintessentially "them"...We saw them each at a low, but also at a high.  From Daisy to Thomas, to Lady Crawley to the Dowager Countess, to Lady Mary to Lady Edith...each character took us on a journey over those last 4 episodes.
In addition to the characters, I also thought that the house and property itself is especially highlighted as we said goodbye in those 4 episodes.  They showed us vantage points they had never shown us before.  You get to see what it is like to drive up to the house.  Where you get a glimpse as you round a corner and look through the trees.  You get to see what the house looks like as you walk around the property.  You get to see what the vantage point is from the wildflower fields in the back of the house.

It's a magical place, and they bring that to the viewer in a way I've not noticed before.  I also thought that they did a similar job of showcasing the inside.  There are sweeping views of the staircase, there are up close shots of details in the great hall, they let the camera linger on the library, etc.

Episode 6, as you probably saw in the previews at the end of Sunday night's episode, involves the family opening Downton up for tours for a day.  It is a super funny episode.  You will love it.  This also gave them a great opportunity to really show the viewer the house in greater detail than before.

So again, without any spoilers, I will say that I found the ending to be quite satisfying, and I can't wait for everyone to watch so that I can discuss it with someone other than Lola dog!


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