Downton Abbey without Maggie Smith?! It could happen. Or maybe not.
Downton Abbey just wrapped its fifth season in the United States, but all eyes are already on the upcoming sixth and potentially final season of the crossover hit period drama. The Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony winner toldSunday Times that she’s likely hanging up her Dowager Countess wardrobe after the upcoming sixth season (which is rumored to be the show’s last).
“They say this is the last one, and I can’t see how it could go on,” Smith told the Sunday Times. “I mean, I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s.”
Those words don’t necessarily mean Smith can’t be wooed back for a potential seventh season if the show keeps going. Series creator Julian Fellowes is also working on a new period drama,The Gilded Age, for NBC. But he won’t begin work on that series in earnest until Downton Abbeywraps up, which has made many speculate about the Emmy-winning drama’s future.
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