Bertie’s circumstances change suddenly, leaving Edith uncertain whether to risk telling him the truth or keep her past a secret at all costs. Mary wonders if she can ever make peace with her sister as hostilities escalate, Spratt shows some hidden talents and Molesley’s first day as a teacher does not go according to plan. Mrs Patmore’s bed and breakfast attracts unwanted attention, leaving her in need of the Crawleys’ help. The last episode of the final series, although the Crawleys will return one last time for a Christmas special. Last in the series
What begins as a happy day out for the family and servants ends in panic and leaves Robert with a difficult decision to make.
Battle lines are drawn as The Dowager and cousin Isobel prepare to fight it out over the future of the hospital.
A Moorland Holiday
It’s grouse shooting season and Rose’s father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party. While good sport is enjoyed, Stowell has an axe to grind and a scandalous secret threatens to undermine the holiday. Surprises are in store as the families become better acquainted with each other and some new faces arrive on the scene.
The residents of the Abbey both upstairs and down attend the unveiling of the town war memorial.
Secrets could be exposed as Rosamund arrives at Downton following Edith’s shock departure. Rose is delighted to introduce Atticus and his parents to the Abbey, while Anna and Bates start thinking about a fresh start, now that the worst of their problems are seemingly behind them. Molesley is concerned to see Daisy becoming disillusioned with her studies, and Isobel makes a happy announcement, but there may be trouble ahead. Violet has her hands full with her warring servants, while Mary and Blake seize an opportunity to send Gillingham a strong message
Violet gets a new maid, to her Butler’s distress. Edith gets bad news, and takes drastic measures. Blake’s scheming starts to come to fruition. Thomas reveals the truth of his illness to Miss Baxter. Robert and Cora’s relationship remains strained.
Simon Bricker returns to Downton to discuss the painting with Cora, but this time has his flirting crossed the line? Branson makes a difficult decision about Sarah Bunting, and Rose encounters a handsome stranger.Determined to stop Isobel making the wrong decision about Lord Merton, Violet enlists the help of Doctor Clarkson, but things don’t quite go as planned. Meanwhile in London, Charles Blake surprises Mary with a cunning plan to help her get exactly what she wants.Downstairs, Mrs Patmore seeks Carson’s advice on a financial matter and Inspector Vyner returns with some ominous words of warning for Anna.
Sarah Bunting continues to cause waves above stairs, but this time she may have gone too far. On returning to Downton, Thomas suffers an inexplicable illness and Baxter suspects there’s more to it than he’s letting on. Violet reveals to Isobel the surprising truth of her past with Prince Kuragin. Mary comes to a decision concerning Lord Gillingham, but things don’t go quite as planned. When Rose’s father returns to Downton, he breaks news that will shock the whole family.
Mary’s secret assignation is very nearly blown, but Violet’s quick thinking saves the day. Robert is left red faced and furious when things do not go as planned. The events surrounding Green’s death come under scrutiny once again. Mrs Patmore is devastated when old wounds are reopened but Carson is unsympathetic. Branson receives an interesting proposition concerning the future of the Downton estate. A figure from Violet’s distant past suggests she has buried secrets of her own.