It’s Time To Say Goodbye To Downton Abbey With First Promo Of The Final Series

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“If I could stop history in its tracks maybe I would. But I can’t Carson, for neither you nor I can hold back time.”

Fitting words from Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) in the first promo for the final season of ITV’s Downton Abbey, and certainly a precursor of what we can expect in the sixth series.

Carson (Jim Carter) is packing up and leaving Downton for good, walks through empty rooms and hallways, and a sense of closure seen with many closing of doors and driving aways, it really is “time to say goodbye” as a haunting version of the classic “Time To Say Goodbye” plays over the action.

However, while it is the end of an era and the sadness associated with that, there also appears to be the dawning of a new age and a cause for a little optimism. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) appears enchanted by a surprise visitor, Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) may perhaps have found love at last judging by the adoring look she graces an unknown young man with, and there’s plenty of lovely little Carson and Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) moments that just bring us such a joy after they’ve danced around one another for five series now.

Featuring all the characters we’ve grown to love over the series, it’s just a poignant reminder of what we’ll be leaving behind. And no doubt plenty of tears will be shed, in both happiness and grief, over the upcoming eight episodes and a Christmas special just going off the tear count from that one minutes promo.

While there is a sadness in parting in a number of scenes, the joy of the unknown and new adventures is felt keenly. For all except a pair of our beloved characters: the poor Bates. Based off that embrace between the pair near the end of the clip, it would appear to be another season of rough waters for them. Why, oh why can they not cut a break? The poor dears have certainly been through the wringer over the past few years, they have definitely earned some time in the sun.

Another interesting little snippet is our first glimpse of what looks to be the Crawley’s new residence. Though it is hard to tell from the angle, the property does not look as extensive as Downton, but absolutely nothing to sneeze at either.

Tissues at the ready, check out the new promo below:

Downton Abbey returns to ITV on Sunday, September 20.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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