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Dave Itzkoff on a possible end for Downton Abbey as the show ramps up product of season five (warning: there are spoilers in the article itself if you’re not caught up):

Mr. Fellowes has also noticed that American serials like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” have tended to run about five to seven seasons before reaching their natural conclusions. Asked if he was starting to contemplate an end game for “Downton Abbey,” Mr. Fellowes said, “I think you have to.”

“It’s not like a soap opera that can go on for 27 years,” he added.

Mr. Neame said he would like “to eventually end the show just before people want us to.” He added, “We won’t be around for 10 years, and we’re doing Year 5 now. So we’re going to be somewhere between 5 and 10.”

Nothing good lasts forever. And if it did, it would probably cease being good early on in that span. I’m guessing Downton Abbey will also end after about seven seasons.

The Torturous Telephone Of Downton Abbey

"But why would we ever want a telephone at Downton, my lord?"

That’s Mr. Carson, the butler from the television show Downton Abbey, talking to Lord Grantham about a new piece of technology being installed in their home.

Recently, I’ve been re-watching old episodes of Downton Abbey and episode seven from season one is one of my favorites because of the telephone subplot. It’s the summer of 1914, and while the telephone had apparently made its way to London, the inhabitants of Downton Abbey are both confused and afraid of the invention.

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