It’s been speculated before in numerous articles, and Downton Abbey‘s conclusion is again the subject of media.
US website TV Line is reporting “multiple sources confirm” that the upcoming sixth season will be its last. Normally this is the kind of news that would emerge from UK press, so it’s hard to know how accurate it is.
It claims 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. Maggie Smith is indeed one who has publicly indicated her intent to wrap on the Dowager.
“You can keep the show going without Matthew and Sybill, but you can’t continue it without the entire Crawley family,” an insider told the website.
A spokesperson for NBC Universal (parent of Downton producer Carnival) declined to comment.