I wasn't sure if they were going to tie up lose ends for every single persons storyline (a nearly impossible task) but I have to say they did an amazing job with what they did. I think one thing that this series does well is you truly never know the fate of anyone. One moment everything is great and then suddenly everything fall apart and you are devastated. This finale season has had some ups and down and I knew that not everyone was going to get a happy ending in this final episode. So I spent the entire time waiting for the other shoe to drop... well it never did. Everyone got a happy ending or at least started a path to a happy ending. I was to relived when it ended I was forsure expecting some one to die or a marriage to fall apart but nothing happening. It was the perfect ending (though I'll admit a bit unrealistic) but I didn't care... I love it.
Let's start with Robert Crawley, this character is one that has changed the most over the seasons. He had to learn how to change with the times and though he was dragged into the modern age kicking and screaming in the end he got there and became a better husband, father and person in the end.
Cora Crawley, like her husband she has gone through changes over the six seasons. She went from a doting wife and mother to this strong more independent women who know she can offer so much more then she has been allowed. It's great seeing her come into her own in the last season.
Isobel Crawley has had her ups and downs. With the death of her son her storyline dramatically changed. With this final episode we see her take control with help of Violet to rescue Mr. Grey from his horrible son and daughter-in-law. She marries him so she can help him during his terminal illness, but come to find out that he's not terminally ill. So She and Mr Grey get to spend the remainder of their lives together.
Atticus and Rose show up in this final episode but really don't contribute much. They are living happily in the US with their new baby daughter. Life is pretty good for this young family.
Rosamund Painswick is pretty much the same that she has been in all six seasons, she continue to live her spinster life.
I've always loved Mrs Hughes, the was Mr. Carson's partner when it came to the help but she was also the motherly type. Unlike Mr Carson who was the stern father type. So happy that she and Mr Carson got together and glad she's not letting is "old" ways control her. Very happy with how they ended her story.
Mr. Molesley is probably one of the most unlucky guys on the planet. In the beginning he just couldn't catch a break. But slowly and surely his luck was changing.. first my meeting Mrs Baxter. There was always a connection with those two, they never got together but I can see that happening in the near future. Mr. Molesley also got out of servitude to become a teacher in the final season leave the Crawleys to become a full time teacher in the finale episode.. finally a happy ending for Mr. Molesley.
Mrs Baxter was an interesting character.. started off as this scared person hiding part of her life. We slowly find out what she had done and slowly she becomes a much stronger women until the final episode where she finally takes back her life and puts the past in the past. I do hope one day her and Mr. Molesley get married.. they would make a wonderful couple.
Daisy has changed quite a bit from season one to season six. She went from this meek, soft spoken girl to this educated, political very strong women. She had bad timing with romance or falling for the wrong person at the wrong time. But it looks like things might be on track for her and Andy.
Speaking of Andy he was a late comer to the series and really hasn't had much of a storyline.. that was until season six. We falls for Daisy and we find out he's illiterate. He joins Mr Mason on the farm and will probably one day take over that farm. And as I said above it looks like Daisy and Andy are finally one the same page for romance.
And then we have Thomas or as he's called Mr. Barrow. He was the bad guy of the group, always skimming and trying to get others in trouble. He was the character that you loved to hate. I took an extra interest in him because he was the only gay character. He had many storylines of his bad deeds and occasionally had one dealing with his sexuality. Over the past few seasons they have slowly been making his character less skimming but the things he had done in his past was hard to over come. But in the final episode we see Mr. Barrow leave Downton and work for an old couple where you can tell he is bored out of his mind. In the final scenes we see Thomas become the new Butler of Downton with Mr. Carson there to see oversee large events. I am disappointed that Thomas never found love. That is all he ever truly wanted. I think the way people treated him made him into this bitter, conniving person that he is.
Then we have Spratt and Denker, We learn a bit about Denker but no really storyline for her, Spratt has a bit of a storyline this last season.. we find out he's the amazing columnist on fashion in Edith's magazine. But really these characters were more background dressing.
This series will be missed. I loved/hated every character in it. I looked forward to new seasons, so much so that I couldn't wait for new episodes to air here in the US. I invested a lot of time and thought into this series and I would do it all over again. I have re-watched the first few seasons over and over again waiting for new seasons. I'll be doing a complete re-watch of the entire series soon. I'm sad that they only did six seasons as I could have watched this for many more. But that's how British TV works, it's very different then the US. There are rumors that they might do a Downton Abbey movie and I will gladly see it if it happens but for now I will cherish the six amazing seasons of one of my all time favorite TV series.