It’s almost time for Downton Abbey to come to an end. *Sobs*.
But don’t worry! We’ve still got plenty of episodes to come before we see the last of the Crawleys and their servants. The cast and crew have been shooting the sixth season and Christmas special of the ITV drama.
Phew. So when will the new episodes air? Well, the exact date is yet to be confirmed but it’s thought to be in September. Which is only a month away!
This series will consist of eight episodes set between 1925-1927 and just in… we’ve got the first official cast photo.
The image reunites us with fan favourites including Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery), Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) and Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville).
But there are a couple of people who are missing. Neither Lady Rose (Lily James) or Tom Branson (Allen Leech) feature in the picture. MAJOR sad face.
Both characters had plans to move to America in the 2014 Christmas special, but surely that doesn’t mean they won’t return at all this year?
There is still some hope the the pair will return. Allen has reportedly been spotted filming, alongside his on-screen daughter Sybbie. Ooh.
Cast and crew have already treated us to quite a few Instagram snaps from the set. These include images of Oxfordshire village Bampton, Northumberland’s Alnwick Castle and Highclere Castle in Berkshire.
Bampton doubles as Downton village, Alnwick castle is known to viewers as Lord Sinden’s residence Brancaster Castle and Highclere is the Crawleys’ stately home itself.
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Michelle recently captioned a poignant photo of people mingling outside of Highclere: ‘Last cast and crew photo #finalcountdown #lastdaysofdownton #downton.’
We’ve also seen selfies of actors including Michelle, Rob James Collier (Thomas Barrow), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) and Sophie McShera (Daisy Mason).
In April, Rob snapped a picture of himself wearing a medal after running the London Marathon. While that’s very impressive, we’re not sure if it fits with the costume?! And we’re pretty sure Thomas wouldn’t have done it.
The cast and crew recently jetted to LA to promote the final season, where they let a few exciting secrets slip.
We now know that this season will focus on Downton downsizing, but it won’t be ‘sad’. We’ll also get to see more of Carson and Mrs Hughes’ wedding plans, which we imagine will be very sweet.
And if it’s any consolation, the actors are just as upset about us as about the show coming to an end. Michelle told Vanity Fair: ‘Laura and I wandered around [Highclere] for the last time… we didn’t want to leave. We went and sat on Matthew’s bench.’
Laura added: ‘And we had a good cry.’
But good news! Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame ARE considering making a film, so this may not be the last we see of Downton after all…