After six seasons, Downton Abbey is going to come to an end, and fans around the world are already sad enough about it. Well, they’ve now got eyes full of even more tears as the trailer for the sixth and final season has been released, and it details a goodbye to the family and house we have followed for so long.
Lord Grantham opens up the trailer for the final season with a line that will resonate in the ears of fans for months.
“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.”
As TV Line reported, that obviously means things are coming to an end as everyone already knows.
There truly is a saddened and somber tone to the sixth season of Downton Abbey, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. A number of things should be noticed though, and one of the biggest is that a small snippet in the trailer has Lady Mary dressed as if she were attending a funeral.
Who else could possibly die?
Gareth Neame, executive producer of Downton Abbey, said back in March that the final season will be “full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”
Fans of the show have watched in the past couple of years and heard how the war had changed things. People just didn’t need as big a house as Downton anymore, and the family wondered how much longer they would be there.
Lord Granthem can’t be happy about that.
— Variety (@Variety) August 30, 2015
As TIME pointed out, the trailer was released by ITV and the final season of Downton Abbey will begin in the U.K. on September 20 at 9 p.m. The trailer shows all of the favorites such as Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, and Michelle Dockery.
It also is underscored by the incredibly sad and tear-inducing version of “Time to Say Goodbye.”
A final season start date for Downton Abbey has not yet been released for the United States.
What is known is that the final season picks up in 1925, and it is just about six months after things ended in season 5. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes said earlier this summer that the sadness isn’t only in the fans, but in him as well.
“I’ve lived with these people for seven years now. They’ve taken me and all of us to the top of the mountain. We’ve had this incredible global phenomenon. Most people in this business, even those who have been very successful, never have something like that.
“Each time I realize I’ve written the last line of a particular character, I feel rather sad. At the same time I don’t think we’ve done the wrong thing. I’ve never felt, ‘Oh my God, what are we doing? This is a mistake!’ It may be reborn as a movie or a play or a musical or a ballet. Who knows if we’ve seen the last of it?”
The final season of Downton Abbey will have fans in tears and always clamoring for more, but will there be more? Rumors of a movie have been around for years, and maybe now that the series is ending, that movie will finally come to pass.
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