The popular ITV drama is entering its sixth and final season

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
March 27, 2015 11:00 AM
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Though the show’s massive international success could hardly have been anticipated, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is somehow “amazed” that the award-winning show went beyond its first season – as was everybody else involved.

“Those who follow the show might remember at the end of [season] 1, there was a slightly odd feeling because some of it was wrapped up in case the show never returned and some of it was led to pen in case it did – so, there was no guarantee the show was going to continue,” Bonneville, 51, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

“It’s going to be quite an extraordinary experience,” Bonneville, who plays Robert Crawley, told the British morning show of filming the last season.

As for how he’d like it all to end? “That’s a hard one,” he said. “I’d like the daughters to be happy,” Bonneville decided, referring to Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael).

The timeline of season 6 will follow the same format as previous seasons; 11 hours with a Christmas special, though the timeline is “moving into the year 1925,” executive producer Gareth Neame told reporters during a conference call.

Furthermore, this may not be the end after all; while there are no specific plans in place, producers are “very interested” in a Downton Abbey movie.

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