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Downton Abbey Recap: The Finale

After six seasons—spanning over a decade from 1912 to 1925—the tale of the Crawleys and their servants at Downton Abbey has finally come to an end, and through the power of television, it’s like none of them aged a day (as Maggie Smith is prone to pointing out, The Dowager Countess must be like 200 years old now).

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 8

This is it, guys: the penultimate episode of Downton Abbey. It’s the finale before the Finale, so it’s a bit longer than other episodes, meaning this recap is a bit longer than other recaps. That also means more gifs, so ...

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 7

How are we already at episode seven of just nine episodes of the very last season of Downton!? It’s gone by so quickly, though not quite with the speed and finesse of one Henry Talbot: racecar driver on the fast track to Mary’s heart.

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 6

We can all safely assume that the bloodshed of last week’s episode has been adequately mopped up, because this week begins with the Crawleys planning to open Downton to the general public as a means of charity for—you guessed it—The Hospital.

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 5

I’m not actually sure that this week’s episode of Downton was an episode of Downton. I think I may have accidentally switched to my DVR’s backlog of Game of Thrones. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 4

With The Carsons on their honeymoon (in “Scarborough” which I suspect is just code for “an opium den in Paris”) Thomas Barrow has ascended the throne of Butlerhood and is reminding the staff of his new, glittery position at every turn.

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Downton Abbey Recap: Series 6, Episode 3

Episode 3 begins with BFFs Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Patmore trudging up the 3,000 miles of stairs to the servants' quarters nestled in the attics of Downton. Mrs. Patmore is a bit miffed that Mrs. Hughes doesn’t seem more excited about being on the brink of wedded bliss. Mrs Hughes responds by saying, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the brink of anything—except maybe the grave.” Savage!

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Downton Abbey Recap: Season 6, Episode 2

Episode two finds Lady Mary delving into her latest venture: piggies (which was rather topical when the episode aired in the UK, the same week as Cameron’s #Piggate).

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Downton Abbey: Season 6, Episode 1 Recap

Picture it: Yorkshire, 1925.

The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey begins exactly how you predicted it would: with the Crawleys preparing for a hunt. Because despite the fact that the times they are a changin’, and the estate may quickly become more than they can handle financially, there are some distinct pleasures of the upper class lifestyle that they just refuse to part with.

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Awkward Sex Talks and a Controversial Fridge: What to Expect from Downton Abbey‘s Final Season

September 20th marks the day the final season of Downton Abbey begins airing in the UK. Those of us in the U.S. have to wait until January to find out whether the Crawleys and their league of staff and acquaintances will head off into the sunset at the end of the Roarin’ Twenties (where sunset here refers, historically, to The Great Depression).

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Behind Faves: Why We Grow Emotionally Attached to Celebrities

Earlier this week I wrote about Why We Get Attached to Fictional Characters, wherein I touched on some of our subconscious, psychological motivations for developing an intense emotional bond with a character in our favorite book or TV show.

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The Psychology of Fandom: Why We Get Attached to Fictional Characters

Having been a venerable X­-Files fangirl throughout my teen years, the concepts of “OTPs”, “UST” and fanfiction weren’t new to me in the least. What proved to be different, approaching fandom as an adult woman, was the depth of human emotion that I became aware of.

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Tess Gerritsen On Why She Stopped Her Gravity Lawsuit and Now Speaks up for Writers’ Rights in Hollywood

Tess Gerritsen happens to live in the same town in Maine I do. I’m sure it’s actually not that much of a coincidence. Camden is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and many famous writers like Edna St. Vincent Millay, J.J. Abrams, and Richard Russo have found themselves “where the mountains meet the sea.”

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Why Maggie Smith Has To Die At The End of Downton Abbey

What should the final episode look like?

It appears the mutterings about Downton Abbey ending were rooted in truth: series six is likely to be the ITV costume drama’s last.

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