Monday, November 30, 2015

Downton Abbey - Season 6 Review

All good things must come to an end and with a Christmas special looming, the sixth season of popular ITV drama, Downton Abbey has been and aired and it was certainly a solid series to watch and for Julian Fellowes to bring things to a close with.

Episode 1: The resolution of Mr Green's death put Anna in the clear and Mary has to deal with a bit of blackmail from a hotel maid.
Episode 2: Marigold went missing for a moment while Daisy landed herself in hot water trying to defend Mr Mason.
Episode 3: Carson and Mrs Hughes finally got wed and Branson came back from America after a two episodes absence.
Episode 4: Gwen returns with a husband and Anna faces a pregnancy scare.
Episode 5: Robert's health took a turn for the worst, Edith was reunited with Bertie and Mary becomes suspicious about Marigold.
Episode 6: The house has an open day to raise funds for the hospital while Carson further isolates Thomas.
Episode 7: Molosley and Daisy rise to the challenges of examination day while Mary has second thoughts on Henry following a motor crash.
Episode 8: The feature length finale which had the best showdown with Mary and Edith for a long time as well as the misfortune of Thomas nearly dying (thankfully he did not) as well as the wedding between Mary and Henry Talbot.

An interesting enough final series, though it won't strictly feel final until the Christmas special itself has aired. I did like Edith standing up to Mary, her romance with Bertie but more so her growing confidence in running a newspaper while the likes of Branson, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Patmore and Anna had their moments. On the negative side, Thomas's storyline was too bleak for my liking at times and Mary's back and forth with Henry became fairly tedious in parts but the rapports with Isobel/Violet, Spratt/Denker (that one surprised me) and even Thomas/Andy (despite it not becoming romantic) were highlights of the series too.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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