Episode 9
Downton Abbey Season 6



Critic Ratings: 33
Critics Consensus

A farewell gift to its diehard viewers, the finale of Downton Abbey ties up the series' loose ends into a beautiful Christmas bow.

Episode Info

In the series finale, Mr. Carson faces a health issue; Thomas takes a new job; Denker informs the dowager of Spratt's magazine column; Violet helps Isobel see Lord Merton, whose family is keeping them apart; Bertie proposes; and Anna goes into labor.


Hugh Bonneville
as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham
Laura Carmichael
as Lady Edith Crawley
Jim Carter
as Mr. Carson
Brendan Coyle
as John Bates
Michelle Dockery
as Lady Mary Crawley
Kevin Doyle
as Joseph Molesley
Rob James-Collier
as Thomas Barrow
Allen Leech
as Tom Branson
Phyllis Logan
as Mrs. Hughes
Elizabeth McGovern
as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham
Sophie McShera
as Daisy Mason
Lesley Nicol
as Mrs. Patmore
David Robb
as Dr. Clarkson
Maggie Smith
as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Penelope Wilton
as Isobel Crawley
Matthew Goode
as Henry Talbot
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Bertie Pelham
Lily James
as Lady Rose MacClare
Douglas Reith
as Lord Merton
Samantha Bond
as Lady Rosamund Painswick
Alastair Bruce
as Brancaster Butler
Patricia Hodge
as Mrs. Pelham
Phoebe Sparrow
as Amelia Cruikshank
James Greene
as Sir Mark Stiles
Paul Copley
as Mr. Mason
Charlie Anson
as Larry Gray
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Matt Barber
as Atticus Aldridge
Peter Egan
as Shrimpie Flintshire
Antonia Bernath
as Laura Edmunds
Michael Cochrane
as Rev. Travis
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Critic Reviews for Episode 9

The canvas of history was, as it is for many of us, just a place to paint. I'll miss the pictures that resulted.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully done program, impeccably shot, gorgeously designed and brilliantly acted. And that's been what's kept me hanging on.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Character and plot haven't turned out to be Fellowes' strengths, either.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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?

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness."

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

Fellowes tied up the story with a glistening bow, generously delivering happy endings to one and all.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

It's happy news all around.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…