Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the marvelous character Lady Violet Crawley in “Downton Abbey” has refused to join the team for season seven. With the finale episode of season 6, Downton stars said goodbye to their fans. According to rumors, since the prominent character of Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith is not ready to reprise her role, the production team has cancelled season 7.
According to Irish Examiner, Downton Abbey bosses have denied this news and also mentioned they don’t have any plans for next season. “Downton Abbey ended at season six because the producers and writer wanted to close the show on a high and that has been clearly demonstrated with the Downton Abbey finale on ITV being the most-watched show on television across all broadcasters on Christmas night. The show did not end because any of our cast wanted to leave,” a spokeswoman for production company Carnival Films told.
“I certainly can’t keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We’re into the late 1920s. When you’re not working it’s scary, and when you are working it’s scary because you don’t know if you’ve got the energy to get through the day. But the bleakness of not doing it, and missing out on the friendships that you make, is too much to bear,” Dame Maggie Smith told in an interview with Variety after the finale of season 5. Since then fans are assuming that Maggie’s decision to quit Downton Abbey is the reason for cancelling season 7. She also mentioned that she will not quit acting and will continue to work as long as she is able to.
“We easily could have gone for a seventh season but if I’d have said ‘We haven’t got Maggie’, it would have been a shadow of itself, we all feel very blessed. Nobody regrets ending when we did. We have a final season that’s as strong as the first because we quit while we were ahead,” executive producer Gareth Neame told, according to Guide and Gazette.
With 6.9 million viewers Downton Abbey Finale special has topped the ratings in the UK on Christmas Day. It also holds a Guinness World Record for the highest critical ratings for a TV show.
Maggie’s excellence in portraying her character is also a reason behind the success of Downton Abbey. Can you imagine a Downton Abbey season without Lady Violet Crawley? Share your thoughts below.