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Fri
Aug 26 2016 11:15am

5 Reasons Every Downton Abbey Fan Will Want to Watch Victoria

 

Queen Victoria as portrayed by Jenna Coleman, ITV

The show's begun! If you can't wait to find out all about Victoria, check out our episode recaps:

Episode 1: “Doll 123
Episode 2: “Ladies in Waiting


When we think about Queen Victoria, we think of the old, stuffy, and quite repressed monarch dressed in black, looking bleak and foreboding. The Victorian era elicits images of rigid societal rules and regulations, much moderated behavior, and the emergence of the famous British “stiff upper lip.” But that wasn’t the case when Victoria first ascended the throne. This Sunday, ITV will begin airing its new miniseries Victoria (airing in the U.S. in January of 2017, in the coveted Downton Abbey time slot on Sunday nights), giving us a glimpse into the real Victoria from the time of her ascension as a (probably terrified) 18-year-old through her marriage to the love of her life, Prince Albert. So, here are five reasons why you should watch this show:

[You're gonna love Victoria...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 2:00pm

Staying “At Home” Forever: 12 TV Shows and Movies to Watch If You’re Going into Downton Abbey Withdrawals

It's summer and time to start binge-watching period dramas! With so many online options, there’s no shortage of old-fashioned romance to help you escape for a few hours (or days). Here’s my compilation of shows to watch this summer (and yes, I am planning on re-watching all of them!) if you miss Downton Abbey.  A few disclaimers: I’m an Anglophile through and through, so my list is strictly British dramas. I’m also a huge fan of the Early Modern period, the long 18th, and the 19th centuries and I tend to lean more towards period pieces that focus on those particular eras. Third, this is by no means an exhaustive list and some of them might not be as closely related to Downton, but they are all romantic and worth the watch!

[Get ready to binge watch!]

Mon
Jun 20 2016 4:30pm

Final Thoughts: Submerge Yourself in the History of Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

We've been through it all and now we're ready to head home after a lovely break at Belgravia. We've had Naz Keynejad and author Gwyn Cready on Heroes and Heartbreakers giving their play-by-play of Julian Fellowes' sojourn into serialized fiction, and today Naz is here to give you her final thoughts on the Belgravia!

Before I give you a review of Julian Fellowes’ serialized novel, Belgravia, I should clarify some things: first, I’m a sucker for historical romances. Second, the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is where I “live” when it comes to literature, and as such, I am very familiar with the history of both periods. And third, my favorite aspect of a novel has always been character development versus plot. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, here’s what I think of Belgravia:

I would give a 3 out of 5 overall rating because while it does have interesting historical tidbits (in fact, they are meticulously researched and presented), the character development was too weak and just wasn’t there for me. At no point did I feel emotionally invested in any of these people. Maybe because the plot itself was pretty predictable and at times, awkward and clichéd. Let me explain.

[Here's the thing...]

Thu
May 19 2016 4:30pm

Things Get Complicated: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia Episode 5 (Chapter 4) Through Episode 7 (Chapter 6) Binge Read

Belgravia, Episode 5 by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book,Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the we've met the Trenchard and Brockenhurst families in the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), gotten into quite a predicament in Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and stayed “at home” in Chapter 3 (Episode 4). And now we're onto our binge-reading recap of Episodes 5-7. 

Things are getting complicated in Belgravia. When we last visited the Trenchard and Brockenhurst families, we finally met Charles Pope, the grandson of Anne and James Trenchard and Caroline and Peregrine Bellasis, the Countess and Earl of Brockenhurst, at a soiree in Belgravia. The mysterious Mr. Pope piqued everyone’s interest, especially the Reverend Bellasis and his son John, the heirs to the Brockenhurst fortune. Everyone wanted to know why the Countess had taken an interest in the affable young man. Of course, poor Charles is completely in the dark as well. All he knows is that the Countess has agreed to support his business ventures. The only people aware of the secret behind the charade are Anne, James, and Caroline, all of whom are playing a dangerous game with the young man and the Trenchard reputation in society. We also met Lady Maria Grey, John Bellasis’ intended, who was clearly taken with Mr. Pope. Now, we are smack in the middle of various plots and intrigues, all of which are probably going to lead to a big reveal of Charles’ identity.

[Duh duh DUH!]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 4:30pm

At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4 (Chapter 3) Recap

Belgravia, episode 4  by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book, Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and now moving on to Chapter 3 (Episode 4). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

Wow! What a nail-biting episode! The story is definitely picking up speed! Last week, we paused when the Countess of Brockenhurst had invited the Trenchards for her At Home, and sent a note to Anne letting her know that their secret grandson, Charles Pope, would be attending. This week’s episode is all about that dinner party, and let me tell you, tensions were high and some new complications were introduced. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

The episode starts with Anne getting ready for the party. She’s naturally nervous and is debating on whether she should let her husband, James, know about Charles Pope’s imminent appearance. James, on the other hand, is just excited to finally be included in a party at a peer’s house. And of course, Susan and Oliver are equally elated, particularly Susan, who’s been chomping at the bit for this opportunity.

[Party, Charles, and tea spilled ...]

Thu
Apr 21 2016 2:00pm

Quite a Predicament: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 3 (Chapter 2) Recap

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book,  Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) and  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), and now moving on to Chapter 2 (Episode 3). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

We left the Trenchard family in a predicament in the last chapter: Anne Trenchard, in a moment of motherly affection, decided to tell the Countess of Brockenhurst about their shared grandson, Charles Pope. A product of a fake marriage between Anne’s daughter Sophia and the Countess’ son Edmund, young Mr. Pope has no idea that he might potentially be the heir apparent to both the Brockenhurst title and the Bellasis fortune.  The Countess, unwilling to believe her perfect son would ever resort to trickery and seduce an innocent girl, practically threw Anne out of her house with a lukewarm promise to keep the entire affair a secret.

 

Chapter 2 starts on the morning after this great revelation. At the Bellasis estate, Lymington Park, Caroline, the Countess of Brockenhurst, is contemplating how to find out more about her “golden boy’s” son, and perhaps even help him financially. Of course, she realizes that this is futile, but cannot stop from being happy that a part of Edmund still lives.

[On to the next chapter ...]

Thu
Apr 14 2016 11:30am

Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 1 & 2: Explore Serial Fiction in New Family Saga

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book, Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) and Chapter 1 (Episode 2). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

Julian Fellowes is pulling a Charles Dickens! He’s written a new novel and is releasing it in serial form (as in, we’ll get one or two chapters a week for eleven weeks). It’s a great episodic approach for those of us who thrive on anticipation and live for cliffhangers. The book, Belgravia, is situated in the nineteenth century and starts almost exactly a hundred years before the start of our other beloved Fellowes’ work, Downton Abbey.

Just like Downton, the book starts at a pivotal time in history: it is the 14th of June, 1815, the day before the Duchess of Richmond’s famous Ball in Brussels, where the cream of the British aristocracy crop gathered for one last night of revelry before confronting Napoleon. On June 15, everyone who was anyone attended the Ball, pretending that Napoleon wasn’t on their doorstep. The Battle of Quatre Bas on June 16 was a bloody affair and the Duke of Wellington’s army suffered heavy losses, and two days later at Waterloo, Napoleon was finally defeated.

[We are here for all of this ...]

Mon
Mar 14 2016 2:00pm

What Did Downton Abbey Mean? A Personal, Cultural, and Historical Look at the Abbey

Downton Abbey goodbye and it's meaning

Now that Downton Abbey is officially over (barring the movie speculation, of course), maybe we can talk about what this show was really about. What started as the trials and tribulations of an aristocratic family teetering on the edge of socioeconomic and sociopolitical change made a left turn at some point and turned into a soap opera. 

Some may argue that it was a soap opera to begin with, and to some extent, yes, it was. But do you remember the historical tie-ins in the first and second (and even third) seasons? We started with the sinking of the Titanic, dealing with issues of inheritance and primogeniture, then we fast-forwarded to the Great War, and the economic upheavals of post-WWI England. We lost characters to the Spanish flu, watched others reconcile themselves to modernizations like electricity, the telephone, and kitchen appliances, and we went from the Edwardian, “what is a weekend?” traditions of the Dowager Countess to the happy-go-lucky boozed up revelries of speakeasies and the Jazz Age.

[What a time we had with Downton Abbey? ...]

Mon
Mar 7 2016 3:30pm

What’s Left to Explore in a Downton Abbey Movie?

We're hoping, praying, and wishing for a Downton Abbey Movie with Edith.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the entire Downton Abbey series and is a fan's take on what could happen should a movie ever be made—including who she thinks would return and who could get killed off! For more speculation, see what the Downton show runners say about the potential for a Downton Abbey movie (or spin-off) at Variety. 

Editor's Note: If you're not ready to say goodbye, head to our Downton Abbey collection to explore recaps, posts, and more on the show. 

Downton Abbey is over and of course, just like all other ridiculously popular shows, there is talk of a follow-up movie. Frankly, I don’t understand why a story can’t just end, but thankfully, I’m not the one making these kinds of decisions. Any way, having admitted that I am a) not necessarily rooting for and b) that I have zero power in its (inevitable) production, here’s what I would like to see in a Downton Abbey movie:

[Fingers and toes crossed for a Downton Abbey movie ...]

Sat
Dec 26 2015 2:06pm

Downton Abbey Season 6 (Series 6) Christmas Finale Recap: Auld Lang Syne

The cast of Downton Abbey's 2015 Christmas special finale

 

Editor's Note (3/5/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x09, the very last episode of the show (for now?), airing on PBS in the U.S. this weekend.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey for the very last time. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the last hour of our beloved series with a recap of last night's 2015 Christmas special, “The Finale,” which picks up after November's regular-season finale.

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 9, “The Finale,” a.k.a. The 2015 Christmas Special. Enjoy!

Well, here we are: the final episode of the series, and my last recap blog (editor's note: but not her last Downton post! Stay tuned...). Before I get into it, I just want to thank Heroes & Heartbreakers for giving me the opportunity to share my ramblings with all of you for the past four years. And, I want to thank you for stopping by, reading, and commenting. It’s been a wild ride! So, without further ado, here we go!

The episode starts out with the family having a morning stroll through the property. Edith announces that she wants to enroll Marigold in a school in London, and live there during the term time by herself. Henry agrees and thinks it’s a grand plan, while Robert and Cora are a bit hesitant. Later, as they sit down for a snack (beautifully set up in the garden, of course), Mary asks Henry if he’s alright because he’s a bit down in the dumps and he tells her that he’s no longer blaming himself for Charlie’s death, but he feels that the fun has been taken out of racing ever since the accident. Hm ... foreshadowing of things to come? Maybe Henry will turn into a gentleman farmer after all?

[How does it all end?...]

Wed
Dec 23 2015 10:30am

Everybody Nobody Loves Emma... Except Mr. Knightley! Celebrating 200 Years of Emma

Jane Austen famously claimed that no one but her would like the heroine of her fourth published book. Emma Woodhouse, the spoiled, self-centered, and rather oblivious protagonist of Emma is a complicated character, and Austen was right: not everyone likes her. But what is it about her that has such lasting power? After Elizabeth Bennet, Emma is the most popular of Austen’s characters, and perhaps the reason is because readers can relate to her good, if often misguided, intentions.

As with all of Austen’s famous novels, Emma’s various adaptations tend to focus on the love story between the two main characters. But Austen’s novel is really a social critique of the prevailing anxieties class system and the shortcomings in female education during the Georgian era. While there is no direct evidence that Austen had read Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Women, she was, at least, very much aware of it. The idea of women being educated to ultimately adorn the parlor was offensive to Wollstonecraft, and we can certainly see Austen’s parody of such women in, for example, Mrs. Elton. Obviously I’m simplifying and reducing Wollstonecraft’s points to an exaggerated degree, but Austen’s criticism of the “accomplished woman” stands as one example of her novels not being mere love stories.

[Our love for Emma ...]

Mon
Nov 9 2015 12:30pm

Downton Abbey 6x08 Series Finale Recap: Shared Memories Mean More

TV Recap: Downton Abbey 6x08 So what should we do Bertie

 

Editor's Note (2/21/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x08, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S. The very last episode of the series, the final Christmas special, will air two weeks from tonight. 

Readers, this is it—the SERIES FINALE of Downton Abbey (sob sob sob). Except, luckily for us, our time with the Crawley household isn't really over, as we still have the annual Christmas Special to look forward to on December 25, 2015, in the UK. Until then, we hope you take comfort in Naz's thoughts on the almost-end of our beloved show.

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 finale, Series 6, Episode 8. Enjoy!

This week’s episode was, on many levels, infuriating. A lot of plotlines were resolved, although in all honesty, some were pretty contrived, at least in my opinion. I’m not going to beat about the bush, however, and will just dive right in. I’m going to have to do things a bit out of order, and maybe talk about the more minor plots first before I get to the meat of it.

[There's a lot to take in ...]

Mon
Nov 2 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x07 Recap: Getting Hurt is “Part of Being Alive”

TV Recap: Downton Abbey 6x07 Mary and Henry Getting Close

Editor's Note (2/14/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x07, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 7. Enjoy!

This week’s episode centered on the happenings at Brooklands, so without dragging it out too much (see what I did there?) I’m going to get right to it.

We start with Henry Talbot and his friend Charlie Rogers practicing for the upcoming race. Over at the Abbey, Robert, who is now back downstairs and sitting at the breakfast table, telling everyone that Henry has invited the entire family to go watch him race at Brooklands. Tom says that Henry’s also invited Bertie Pelham, which makes Edith happily agree to join them. The plan is for them to go up to London and stay at Rosamund’s house, then watch the race, spend one more night in London, and head back. He convinces Cora that he’s perfectly fine and is dying of boredom, and she (a bit reluctantly) agrees to the trip.

[A family outing...]

Mon
Oct 26 2015 11:15am

Downton Abbey 6x06 Recap: A Kiss to Build Our Dreams On

Editor's Note (1/31/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x06, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 6. Enjoy!

This was a relatively “actionpacked” episode, so I’m going to get right to it.

The episode opens with Molesley passing out flyers in the village inviting everyone to visit the Abbey in support of the “Hospital Trust.” Back at the house, a very wan-looking Robert is adamantly against the whole scheme, but Cora reminds him that Mary and Tom have made the decision to do this, and that’s that! Downstairs, Mr. Carson is also (predictably) against the idea of having strangers traipse through the house. He’s worried about one of them “slipping the odd first edition into their back pocket!” Mr. Bates is also baffled by why people would pay money to come see the house. When Anna asks him whether or not he’d pay six pence to see the private quarters of the king and queen, he replies that it wouldn’t really tell him anything other than the fact that the royal couple sleeps in a bed and eats at a table. Thomas, on the other hand, says that he’d be curious to see the lives of those who are “having a better time” than he is. This is when Mr. Carson chimes in:

[Let us guess, not in favor of opening the house?]

Mon
Oct 19 2015 10:57am

Downton Abbey 6x05 Recap: When Unpleasantness Visits Downton

Edith in Downton Abbey Season 6, episode 5Editor's Note (1/31/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x05, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 5. Enjoy!

I’m going to call this week’s episode “When Unpleasantness Visits Downton.” Everything about the show was about some sort of unpleasantness, with the exception of three teeny tiny moments. I’m going to recap the episode a bit out of order since there weren’t many connecting storylines.

The first bit of unpleasantness was the whole business with Mr. Mason moving into the Drewes' farm. That is, of course, not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but I’m so disappointed with the way the poor Drewe family was ushered out that I simply can’t feel happy about kindly Mr. Mason living within a “20-minute walk” of the big house. Anyway, Mrs. Patmore suggests going down to help him get settled, and Daisy and, surprisingly, Andy, follow along. While they’re all gathered around, Mary and Tom (who are on their way to see Henry Talbot “look” at the racing car–more on that later), stop by, ostensibly to wish Mr. Mason luck, but really to make sure that he is able to care for the pigs given his feeble old age. Before Mr. Mason has a chance to say anything, Andy jumps in and tells everyone that he and Mr. Mason had chatted about it and he was going to stop by to help with the heavy lifting (so to speak) whenever needed. Keep in mind, he’s planning on doing this during his “breaks” at the house. Yes, let’s not talk about how unrealistic that would be.

[Give us some good news, show...]

Mon
Oct 12 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x04 Recap: Goode Times

TV Recap: Downton Abbey's 6x04 Lady Mary's Date

 

 

 

Editor's Note (1/24/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x04, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 4. Enjoy!

Well, here we are, at the mid-way point of the final season. I have to say, the best part of tonight’s episode was the presence of my beloved, deliciously handsome Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot. (Yes, I’ve had a crush on him for years, so I’m going to subject you to my drooling in this recap.)

[Hot dates and baby talk this week ...]

Mon
Oct 5 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x03 Recap: Wedding Bells at the Abbey (or Not)

Downton Abbey 6x03 Carson/Hughes Wedding Bells

Editor's Note (1/17/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of Downton Abbey 6x03, airing tonight on PBS in the U.S.

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 3. Enjoy!

This was a fantastic episode! I mean, really, truly fantastic. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a smile on my face the entire length of the episode. We finally got to see the Carson/Hughes wedding, and I have to tell you, both the lead-up and actual ceremony were well worth the wait. Plus, there was a really great surprise at the end, which I’ll get to. Okay, so in order to do this properly, I’m going to change things up a bit again. I’m going to give you the minor plots & storylines first and then get to the good stuff.

[Is the bride coming or not? ...]

Mon
Sep 28 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x02 Recap: The Ladies Take Charge

Downton Abbey 6x02 Lady Mary and Tim Drew

Editor's Note (1/10/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of tonight'sDownton Abbey Season 6 premiere on PBS in the U.S. After reading and adding your thoughts, be sure to check out our special sweepstakes! 

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 2. Enjoy!

This week’s episode continued the overall theme set up last week: change. Change is coming to Downton, whether Robert and Mr. Carson like it or not. Of course, we’re not talking big, momentous, or calamitous change. It’s just small enough to fit in our Downton world without rocking the great estate off its foundation.

[The time has come to adjust ...]

Wed
Sep 23 2015 5:00pm

For Love or Money: Marriages in Downton Abbey

Aside from the seemingly constant struggle to keep Downton a viable source of income for the Crawley family (not to mention, continuous employment for its staff), one of the primary concerns for us fans has always been the often fraught (and yes, sometimes contrived) love stories. The question is which group has it the hardest: is it the upstairs crowd with their social obligations, or the downstairs staff with their seemingly unending roadblocks? Well, let’s take a look!

[Downstairs vs. Upstairs ...]

Mon
Sep 21 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x01 Recap: The Future of the Abbey

Editor's Note (1/3/16): This article is being repromoted in honor of tonight's Downton Abbey Season 6 premiere on PBS in the U.S. After reading and adding your thoughts, be sure to check out our special sweepstakes!

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. 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 6, Episode 1. Enjoy!

Well, here we are: the first episode of the last season of Downton Abbey. I have to be honest, it feels quite strange to know that this the last time I’m going to be recapping a season premiere. But, if the first episode is any indication, it’s going to be a really fun season and I’m going to have a blast sharing it with all of you! So, without further delay, let’s get to it!

[Let's get started ...]