The season finale of Downton Abbey was heartwarming, sad and surprising all at once. I laughed and I cried with equal measure and thought the writers did a wonderful job finishing story lines, as well as giving the viewers a view of future events. I don't want to give too much away, but some of the highlights for me are as follows.
Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes and his incredibly sweet declaration to her. It's what we have all been waiting for, all these years, yet it was still surprising when it happened. The acting in that scene and seeing a softer side of both was really phenomenal.
Lady Edith happy at last and maybe with a romantic interest for the future, was really nice to see. The scene between Edith and Lord Gratham was so touching and he proved once again he can be a wonderful father.
The scene in the nursery where Tom, Lady Mary and Lady Edith remember Lady Sybil was a tearjerker and once again showed a glimpse of the softer side of Lady Mary. I was wiping away tears when they joined hands.
The hunting trip to the lavish estate was just breathtaking to see. We have been treated to many dinners, trips, parties and even a wedding this season, but this trip was the best by far. The lavishness of their lifestyle was on display and the long table at dinner was like none we had seen before. The level of detail shown in the hunting scenes was wonderful and so interesting.
I wish there had been more of a resolution in the Mr. Green murder saga, but I fear we will have to revisit that storyline next season. For me, this storyline is getting stale, but I did love the initiative of Mr. Moseley, who finally is coming into his own.
Every scene between Violet and Isobel is wonderful to watch and I found myself laughing at their dry wit. The writers have given them an unlikely, but sweet friendship.
The season was a short one, and it will be a long wait until next year, but there is so much to look forward to and I for one, can't wait.