At a panel for the series at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California, Saturday, Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, revealed he hadn’t received a script for the series finale. “I haven’t read the series finale,” Bonneville said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I haven’t even written it,” Fellowes told him.
He can’t exactly reveal the ending since it has yet to be created, but the executive producer did hint at some of the focus of “Downton Abbey” Season 6. Fellowes discussed the praise he received for focusing on older characters like Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) and Mr. Carson (Jim Carter).
“I like older characters to have emotional lives, because I think it’s truthful,” Fellowes said. “In movieland, everyone stops being a sexual creature at about 32, or at least the women do. The men are allowed to keep going until they are 78 - I’ve never worked that out. In my world, on the whole older people have emotions like everybody else, and I think the show demonstrates that.“
A trailer shown to journalists at the event seemed to confirm the show would continue to place more focus on the elders. The Hollywood Reporter said the Season 6 teaser revealed more focus on Lady Violet’s and Isobel’s (Penelope Wilton) disagreements as well as Mrs. Hughes’ (Phyllis Logan) and Mr. Carson’s romantic relationship.