The final season of Downton Abbey is about to premiere in the U.K. next month, and the cast and fans alike are feeling very emotional seeing the end of a journey that has gripped the world. We’ve lived through the sinking of the Titanic, and World War I, plus the birth and death of family members who we talk about as if they are our own.
But what about the cast, with their stiff upper-lipped manner and British rejection of all things sentimental? Well reports are surfacing that the final days at Highclere Castle were so emotional that there wasn’t a dry eye in the, well, castle.
As was reported in the Inquisitr, as shooting was winding down on the set of Downton Abbey, the cast seemed to be having a wonderful time, snapping photos that they posted on social media and reminiscing about the time they had spent together. Most of all, they expressed gratitude to their fans, and almost all hinted at an interest in participating in a Downton Abbey movie if one was in the works.
According to Vanity Fair, the last day of shooting had the cast and crew not just in tears, but flat out sobbing. During a recent appearance at the Edinbugh TV Festival, Jim Carter, who plays the serious and stern Carson, confessed that he was emotional.
“I thought I would say goodbye to the crew who work so hard,” Carter said. “Seeing their faces sobbing, it just did me in. We were puddles.”
But Carter admits that viewers will be happy with the last scenes.
“It is really satisfying,” Carter added of the finale, which will air in the U.K. over the holidays. “You will need two hankies on Christmas night.”
The Christian Post is reporting that though the cast and crew tried not to cry, it didn’t work very well. Executive Producer Gareth Neame said the tears even extended to the editing process. He revealed that the cutting room had “four middle-aged men trying not to cry in front of each other.” Yet Neame didn’t divulge details on what could have caused those tears to fall.
This final season of Downton Abbey starts next month in the U.K., and on January 3 in the United States.
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