Downton Abbey is ending next season, but at some point we may get to hear those downstairs bells calling us into the movie theater.
In a conference call discussing the series sixth and final season, director Gareth Neame revealed, "I can confirm that there have been rumors. There might be a 'Downton' movie. It is definitely something that we're contemplating. It would be great fun to do. I think it would be a great extension of everything we love about the TV show."
Neame also gave more insight into why he and creator Julian Fellowes decided to end the still popular show. "There are so many different explanations. I think with this show we've always tried to get our timing right. We've always tried to move the story when the characters aren't at the right point, starting with when Mary and Matthew got engaged. I think our feeling with that is that it's good to quit while you're ahead ... The danger with this sort of thing is to let them go on forever."
The director reassured fans that season six would be a satisfying final chapter for the series and would provide closure for current unresolved character arcs. "What will become of poor Edith? Will Anna and Bates ever get reprieve? People really want to know these things. We can promise all these things that people love about the show: the drama, the romance and the comedy, but with that extra dimension of what will happen in the end."
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