From illegitimate children and illicit “sketching trips” to passionate declarations and proposals of marriage, we’ve been party to a fair amount of period drama this autumn. But nothing could prepare us for the action-packed Downton Abbey series five finale.
For starters, there was the wedding of Lady Rose and Atticus Aldridge…
— David Green (@itsdavegreen) November 9, 2014
Downton Abbey is it too much to ask that we get ONE season where you don’t do something terrible to Anna and Bates?
— Bets (@InvisibleRaven) November 10, 2014
In fact, Anna being clapped in irons didn’t really leave these fans looking forward to the Christmas special.
Oh Christ – Anna Bates weeping into her porridge on Christmas Day. That'll be cheery. #DowntonAbbey
— Jonathan Clarkson (@thejclarkson) November 9, 2014
— Denise Tomlinson (@DustySubstances) November 10, 2014
Will Christmas #Downton be a good timing for a hanging ? And a wedding for Branson & Lady Mary?
— Mike Jempson (@MediaWiseMJ) November 9, 2014
Other Tweeters managed to keep their pecker up, though, and were just sad that another season of the hit ITV period drama had come to an end:
This year's DOWNTON ABBEY series finale was epic. So, so good. Must we now wait until the Christmas special?
— nategardner (@nategardner) November 10, 2014
That Downton finale had me in tears!!!!! Christmas Special please come quickly!
— Racelina (@elabellabug) November 10, 2014
I would now like to hibernate until the Downton Abbey Christmas special
— Penelope Chandler (@_penelopecec) November 10, 2014
Antonella is hoping for a Dowager Countess spin-off to bridge the gap.
— Antonella (@LunarossaUK) November 10, 2014
Really rather a good idea if you ask us. Perhaps they could show it at the weekend – whatever that is…
Downton Abbey returns for a Christmas special later this year