With the hit series “Downton Abbey” ending its run on PBS last night (Sunday, March 6, 2016), series creator Julian Fellowes had a few words for fans of the show, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“I didn’t want it too tidy, but I did want a sense of warmth,” EW quotes Fellowes saying on this week’s episode of the Masterpiece Studio podcast (see end of this item, below). “I wanted a sense of generosity towards these people we’d come to know so well.”
Fellowes adds: “I wanted everyone to kind of go to bed that night feeling content because, in a way, you watch the final episode in a slightly different mood. You watch it to say ‘goodbye’ to them because you know it’s the end. And I felt that I wanted that atmosphere where people around the world were sort of raising a glass as they bid them farewell.”
[Warning: There is a spoiler in this next comment, if you have not seen the series finale.] Separately, in an interview with The New York Times, Fellowes said, “There’s a line at the end, when Robert is talking about his mother being shocked at the maid having a baby in Mary’s bedroom, and Cora says, ‘I think the more adaptable we are, the more chance we have of getting through.’ That is my philosophy. To chart the ending of that way of life — the ordered world of four footmen and all of that — in the 1920s and ’30s, the families who were able to go along with the rocking kept their footing. The ones who were too stiff and too grand and couldn’t adjust are the ones that went down.”
Fellowes says goodbye to “Downton Abbey” in this Masterpiece Studio podcast: