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A farewell gift to its diehard viewers, the finale of Downton Abbey ties up the series' loose ends into a beautiful Christmas bow.
The canvas of history was, as it is for many of us, just a place to paint. I'll miss the pictures that resulted.
It's a beautifully done program, impeccably shot, gorgeously designed and brilliantly acted. And that's been what's kept me hanging on.
The finale is also a forceful and bittersweet reminder of something else that made 'Downton' so special. It embraced values... constancy, faith, charity, grace and compassion toward one's fellow man and woman.
Character and plot haven't turned out to be Fellowes' strengths, either.
Curmudgeons might argue that all the loose strands were tied up too neatly. What rot! The characters had suffered so much over the past five years; who could possibly grudge them a happy ending, especially one as beautifully orchestrated as this?
What a warm, sentimental, and satisfying farewell to Downton Abbey. The final episode of the series was like the end of a Dickens or Austen novel, in that all the good guys finally earned the happy endings they'd been working toward.
The posh soap opera ended on a high and happy note, with a bun in the oven for Mary and Henry, and the arrival of an attractive hottie panting in the wings for Branson.
In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness."
Fellowes tied up the story with a glistening bow, generously delivering happy endings to one and all.
It's happy news all around.