We here at Frock Flicks (okay, Kendra and Trystan) are so excited for the final season of Downton Abbey that we’re doing weekly costume recaps AND podcasts! Tune in each week for an episode-by-episode recap of our thoughts on both the plot and (especially) the costumes (designed by Anna Robbins) — because really, while we all are invested in the lives of the fictional Crawley family, don’t we actually keep coming back to see what they’re wearing? You can find the podcast at the bottom of this post, or on iTunes!
Well here it is, the finale after six series — let’s tie up all those loose ends with some vintage moire satin bows, shall we? This episode was SO LONG that unfortunately we’re pretty much only focused on the ladies here, image-wise. Sorry boys!
Donk takes the whole family for a walk:
Isobel visits Violet to worry about Lord Merton:
Back at the Abbey and downstairs:
Outside on the lawn, the family is having cocktails (we can’t remember, was this a special occasion?).
Edith goes to visit Granny before heading to London; later Mary comes to visit:
Over at Lord Merton’s house, Isobel finds out that he has a really bad kind of anemia that will kill him soon:
Back at the Abbey, Mary has ordered a new-fangled hair dryer!
And in London, Edith thinks she’s going out to dinner with Rosamund, but Rosamund and Mary have plotted to get her together with Bertie, who is all “I NEED YOU.” This is a nice gesture, but we think Mary should also have to lick Edith’s shoes clean for a year.
Back at the Abbey:
Over at the Dower House:
Edith, Cora, and Robert are off to visit Bertie! True Wuv is back in business!
BERTIE’S CASTLE BEATS ALL THE CASTLES. We were cackling SO HARD!
Inside, we’re all dressed up for dinner with Bertie’s mom, who is foreshadowed to be a hard-ass:
Back at the Abbey, Carson’s got the shakes, and it’s interfering with dinner:
Isobel takes Lord Merton to see Doctor Clarkson, who confirms the really bad anemia diagnosis:
Outside, bitchy daughter-in-law is there to haul Lord Merton away from Isobel:
Back at the Abbey, Henry is done with racing but trying to figure out what his life will be next.
Mary takes Master George to say goodbye to Barrow, who has finally found another job:
Over at BERTIE’S CASTLE, Edith and Donk have a heart-to-heart (because telling Bertie’s mom about Marigold is apparently worse than the former Marquess, Bertie’s cousin, being gay):
Back inside the CASTLE, Edith has decided she needs to tell Forbidding and Judgy Mother-in-Law-to-Be about Marigold:
At Mr. Mason’s farm, Daisy FINALLY realizes that Andrew may just be a hunk of roof-repairing flesh.
Isobel tries to visit Lord Merton, but bitchy Daughter-in-Law tells her he’s too sick to see anyone.
Isobel goes to Violet. She’s Very Concerned about Lord Merton.
At BERTIE’S CASTLE, it’s time for the engagement-announcement-party, but nobody yet knows whether or not Mother-in-Law is going to deal with the whole Marigold information.
Luckily, Donk gives Mother-in-Law the hint that it’s now or never to welcome Edith into the family and therefore remain on her son’s team. She does the right thing.
Violet is taking care of business. She and Isobel show up to spring Lord Merton from bitchy Daughter-in-Law jail!
At the Abbey, Mary and Tom come out to welcome Edith, Cora, and Donk back from Bertie’s.
And, it’s wedding time and Christmas! Rose and Atticus are back from New York for Edith’s wedding.
At dinner, the family catches up and we see a lot of rewears:
Isobel wants Dickey to get a second opinion about the anemia. Can he get a second opinion about the suit too? It’s a little anemic after all that rewearing.
Back in the Abbey:
In town, Henry and Tom open a car shop, while Cora manages hospital business. Their respective sig.others are impressed.
At the Dower House:
Time to prepare for Edith’s big day!
The church is filling up!
And we’ll round things out at the Abbey:
Thus ends six seasons of Downton Abbey. We had all the feels when we watched it, how about you? Listen to us analyze the episode and the whole series’ impact on historical costume TV in the podcast recap!
Downton Abbey Season Six, Episode Nine, Podcast Recap
Listen to our podcast recap of the episode here or on iTunes!