Pack up the silverware before the servants get their hands on it, because Downton Abbey is coming to an end. The show’s sixth season will be the last, reports TV Line. “The decision to end Downton was mostly a practical one — the cast’s contracts expire at the end of Season 6 and, with one or two possible exceptions, the actors are ready to move on.”
While devoted fans of the show will be surprised and upset, given the series’ heavy-handedness, in hindsight the death of Isis the dog was probably intended as meta foreshadowing (you know, because the show is on its last legs and needs to be put down). It remains to be seen how creator Julian Fellowes will end the series: with the stock-market crash in 1929? With an uprising by the servants in which they massacre the Crawleys? Or with the invention of the plastic bottle?