I can't believe this is the end! There is some talk of a Downton film in the future and there were also rumors of Julian Fellowes penning a prequel to Downton Abbey. A story of young Cora as a "Buccaneer"- a debutante from America with money wishing to marry into the English aristocracy. Now THAT would be worth watching!
Well, after finishing the brilliant final episode and wiping away a few tears (from the last few episodes actually) here are some of the best lines. Feel free to comment below and add any fave lines I might have missed.
Lord Grantham: You'd be happy to live alone?
Lady Edith: I'll have Marigold. Anyway, I'm a spinster, aren't I? And spinsters live alone.
Isobel: I know (Dickie) went with them to London but I haven't heard a squeak since.
Lady Violet: Well, that settles it. You must beard him in his den.
Isobel: Won't that encourage him?
Lady Violet: Your feelings do you credit, my dear, but never let tenderness be a bar to a bit of snooping!
Thomas: That's enough love talk, Andy.
Daisy: Love talk?!
Mrs. Patmore: He's nice. You could do worse.
Daisy: I could do a lot better, an' all.
Lady Edith: Your tips on how to keep your husband happy have gone down particularly well. And you wrote so well about dressing for town and country in autumn. Could we have a little more of that?
Spratt: Oh, I'm full of ideas when it comes to combining comfort and elegance m'lady.
Henry Talbot: Hang on, Spratt is your agony aunt?
Lady Edith: You must promise to keep it secret.
Henry Talbot: (chuckling) Won't your grandmother be furious?
Lady Edith: If she finds out.
Bertie Pelham: I want you back.
Lady Edith: Nothing's changed.
Bertie: I've changed.
Lady Edith: Well if you have, you haven't said a word to me about it.
Bertie: Would you believe me if I said I can't live without you?
Lady Edith: You've done a pretty good job of living without me lately.
Bertie: I've done a very bad job.
Bertie: I want you to marry me.
Lady Edith: There could be gossip. Are you ready for it?
Bertie: Well, I hope to avoid it, but I'm ready if we can't. The only thing I'm not ready for is a life without you.
Lady Violet: Why wouldn't you (burst into tears on hearing that Lord Merton has pernicious anemia), when you're in love with him?
Isobel: Am I? That phrase conjures up for me dance cards and stolen kisses and mama waiting below in the carriage. Not two old fuddy-duddies who can barely manage the stairs.
Lady Violet: It's good to be in love, whatever age.
Isobel: After Prince Kuragin, did you ever fall in love again?
Lady Violet: You must know by now I never answer any question more incriminating than whether or not I need a rug.
Mrs. Patmore: Do you know your problem?
Daisy: I bet I soon will.
Mrs. Patmore: You despise anyone who thinks well of you. You were soft on Alfred, mad for him when he only had eyes for Ivy. But when he made a play for you, you'd have nothing to do with him.
Daisy: That's different.
Mrs. Patmore: How?
This season, the best advice is dispensed by Mrs. Patmore, Spratt and the Dowager Countess Violet! And Tom Branson of course.
Lord Grantham: It reminds me of when she ran the house as a convalescent home during the war.
Lady Rose: You have a wonderful marriage, and with my parents, I should know. Don't spoil it now by asking her to choose. Please.
Tom: We'll set up a dealership for new cars and in time, we'll go into production. There's nothing wrong with being married to Mr. Rolls or Mr. Royce.
Henry: A new baby, a new business. I suppose I must have been as happy as this but I can't imagine when.
Lady Mary: Honestly! Shhh! And remind me never to tell you a secret again.
Lady Rosamund: We didn't always think there would be a happy ending for Edith.
Lady Violet: Well, there's a lot at risk, but with any luck, they'll be happy enough. Which is the English version of a happy ending.
Lady Rosamund: What do you think makes the English the way we are?
Lady Violet: I don't know. Opinions differ. Some say our history, but I blame the weather.
Bertie Pelham, Marquess of Hexham: What a wonderful life we're going to have!
Lady Violet: Makes me smile the way every year we drink to the future, whatever it may bring.
Isobel: Well, what else can we drink to? We're going forward to the future not back into the past.
Lady Violet: If only we had the choice!
On that note, a final Cheers! and good night to all.