Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?
Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.
Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5, Episode 8. Enjoy!
And here we are! The final episode of the official season. Yes, we still have the Christmas Special to look forward to, but for all intents and purposes, this is the last episode of Season 5. Let’s hope some loose ends are tied up!
The episode starts with the servants running around, preparing for the trip to London. Thomas, looking like his old, spry self, hands copies of the inventory to Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, and in the kitchen, Mrs. Patmore and Daisy are busy creating edible flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Wait— whose wedding are we celebrating? Rose and Atticus? That was fast!
Yes. It’s Rose’s wedding. Upstairs, she’s trying on clothes with all the ladies of the house (minus Edith, but including Violet and Isobel) in attendance. The show’s jumped ahead a few months, clearly. Rose’s parents are going to meet everyone at St. James’s for the wedding. They couldn’t arrive earlier, due to the government hand-over being pushed back. For those of you who are wondering, this is not the actual hand over of India back to the Indian government, but Shrimpie’s handing over his post to the person who’s succeeding him. The wedding is taking place in London, because Rose wants to placate Lord Sinderby with a blessing in a synagogue. Ah, this is going to be a lot of fun! Susan and Shrimpie, pretending to be happily married, in a room with the grumy Lord Sinderby. Can’t you just imagine how things will disintegrate rather rapidly?