Is no one safe on the set of “Downton Abbey”? Apparently not, as even the show’s creator may be saying good-bye after the next season. Just days after the U.S. airing the heartbreaking third season finale of the show (spoilers ahead…) “Downton” fans may be in for some more bad news.
The death of Matthew Crawley was a shock to some, while for others it did not come as much of a surprise given his public uncertainty about returning to the show. This past season has proved that show creator Julian Fellowes has no problem getting rid of much loved and (what I consider) vital characters on the show – and he may even be leaving the show himself. Fellowes is in the process of working on a new period drama pilot for NBC called “The Gilded Age”, and while nothing is for sure yet, if the series gets picked up by the network something else will have to give.
“You have to write the pilot, they have to decide they’re going to make it, they have to decide whether they want to pick it up. So it’s a line of ditches that lies between me and the series,” Fellowes explained, “I would not be able to write all of Downton and all of that series at the same time. I would hope that by the time all the hurdles have been cleared, the timing makes it so I can then concentrate on the new series. And if Downton goes on – of course that’s not my decision – then it would be with other writers. Perhaps with me supervising, but with other writers.”
A complete removal of the series creator, or even a reduced presence at best, is something that I feel would be deeply evident in the flow and feeling of the show which has been written almost exclusively by Fellowes for the past three seasons.
“The only thing is, I know I would not be able to write 11 hours of Downton and 10 hours of The Gilded Age, or whatever it is, side by side,” Fellowes said. “The business of life is learning that you can’t lay down the terms. My own belief is that these things have a life. And one of the tricks is to recognize when it’s time to come to an end.”