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Downton Abbey Season 7 : Everything you need to know in 2021

Vignesh C KVignesh-Updated March 5, 2021



downton abbey season 7

 

Downton Abbey is a 2010 British historical drama series. It portrayed the life of the rich aristocratic Crawley family.

 

There were 6 seasons for the TV series. The last one was released in 2015 and there have been no further updates regarding the series.

 

The reason for its success was the realistic portrayal of the events in British History.

 

It was timed well and connected to the life of the 20th-century aristocrats.

 

The movie showed the impact of various events on the family and traced their journey.

 

It garnered mixed reviews because it showed a sympathetic stand on the aristocrats.

 

There were extreme responses from the political spectrum. The conservatives praised it and the progressives opposed it.

 

The positive responses were because the makers crafted the scenes well. They did not let the characters look or sound unpleasant.

 

Of course, there were some elements of class-bound. This is where it drew criticism.

 

 

Everything we know about Downton Abbey so far

 

It covered British history at the end of the Edwardian era and immediately after it. This was roughly between 1910 and the late 1920s.

 

The makers of the movie were very thoughtful about making it realistic.

 

They included a lot of real events in history as a part of the plot like the First World War, the Titanic sinking, etc.

 

The family feud and rise of the Crawley family after the crisis was the starting point of the drama.

 

It showed even the lives of the domestic servants at the mansion. They were included in the subplots and could present the harsh realities they faced.

 

After the release of the 6th season, there were no updates regarding the next season. A movie called Downton Abbey came out in September 2019.

 

There were no updates about the television series. In all probability, the movie was taken as a sequel.

 

But, since the makers have not confirmed anything, it’s hard to tell.

 

In a recent interview, Hugh Bonville who starred as Crawly talked about the sequel for the movie.

 

However, it’s still unclear whether there will be a sequel for the television series.

 

 

Official Announcements and Release date of Downton Abbey Season 7

 

There have been no official announcements regarding the release of Season 7. Season 6 concluded in 2015 and the movie was released in 2019.

 

There were speculations of the Season 7 series release of Downton Abbey for close to 6 years.

 

This may sometimes be a method that the show makers devised to assess the demand.

 

Actor Bonville, who starred in the 2019 movie, admitted that he saw the script for the movie sequel.

 

If this happens to be true, the sequel of the movie is coming soon.

 

In such a case, the concept creators seem to be more interested in the movie sequel.

 

Therefore, we can conclude that the Season 7 of the television series may not come in the near future.

 

Here’s a chart showing the release of all seasons and the movie.

 

Season/Movie

Episodes

Airing

1

7

26-09-2010

2

9

18-09-2011

3

9

16-09-2012

4

9

22-09-2013

5

9

21-09-2014

6

9

20-09-2015

Movie

-

13-09-2019

 

 

More Source Material Information for Downton Abbey Season 7

 

jessica fellow, author of downton abbey

 

The scriptwriter for both – the series and film were the same – Julian Fellowes. Some of his previous works include Vanity Fair and Separate Lies.

 

In 2014, his niece Jessica Fellowes summed up the work of all 6 series in a book.

 

It was: A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey: Seasonal Celebrations, Traditions, and Recipes.

 

Jessica’s The World of Downton Abbey released on 15 September 2011. It depicted behind-the-scenes activities of the Crawley family. 

 

She also wrote another book called The Chronicles of Downton Abbey. This was released on 13 September 2012.

 

This was an auxiliary material to show how the characters would behave. It preceded season 3 of the series.

 

 

Popularity details of Downton Abbey Season 7

 

There’s no doubt that Downton Abbey as a brand name was very successful. There are various parameters to assess or determine the popularity. 

 

The Equity Titles Bill was a controversial legal draft in 2013 at the UK Parliament. This law got called Downton Abbey law. There were 2 reasons for this.

 

One was that it happened at a time Downton Abbey was aired on TV. The 2nd reason was that it was a solution to an incident that is in the plot.

 

Here we take some factors like Google trends, recent Twitter activity about it.

 

Twitter Activity

twitter activity on downton abbey season 7

 

The recent response on Twitter is very low compared to the demand in 2016. The reason for this is because of the 2019 movie release.

 

Avid fans of the TV Series have lost hope in the continuation of it. The plot of the movie too moves ahead of the era where the series stopped.

 

Google Trends

google trend for downton abbey tv series and movie

 

Google trends show a clearer picture. The demand for season 7 is very low compared to the 2019 movie.

 

Check the graph below, to know more. But, have no doubt the series was popular.

 

Google searches

google searches for downton abbey season 7

 

Google search trends also show a similar picture. The demand for season 7 has fallen at an all-time low.

 

The only time that it peaked in the results was when the movie released.

 

Around the globe approx. 9k people search for Downton abbey season 7.

 

It's not a huge number but it's decent. In that 9k around 5k people belong to the US.

 

 

Expected Plot of Downton Abbey Season 7

 

The expected plot of Season 7 was supposed to be World War 2 and its effects on the Crawley family.

 

The expected era of the plot was supposed to be an event that happens after 1925.

 

However, the 2019 movie Downton Abbey covered those events post-1925. It showed the Crawley family’s situation during a royal visit.

 

The household had to make elaborate arrangements to make that happen. 

 

Since the movie had covered the 1927 visit, there must be another scope for the TV Series’ Season 7.

 

It could be some event post-1927. It’s also depending upon the sequel of the 2019 movie.

 

At moment, the sequel’s plot and other details are unclear. There are no official announcements, either.

 

Downton Abbey Season 7, if at all it comes will focus on a more historically prominent event.

 

This is why the World War 2 events in the plot are the most speculated ones.

 

It may show the lives of the aristocratic society of the first half of the 1900s.

 

Back in those times, aristocrats were regarded highly in society. They enjoyed a status that was at par with the nobility.

 

Though they did not directly rule, they could influence things a lot. The Crawley family was one such.

 

The Earl and Countess of Grantham wielded maximum influence over the household.

 

So, there would be a clash of power and confusion within the household.

 

Some interesting aspects shown are the clash between the members and the staff.

 

The domestic servants have their own clashes and trivial issues. All of this could be used to enhance the main plots through subplots.

 

 

Why Downton Abbey Season 7?

 

The events after the Crawley family’s 2nd downfall, the audience was thrilled to know their fate.

 

Would they rise like Phoenix? Or will they bite the dust like most of the contemporary aristocrats?

 

Though the movie shows events after 1925 (where the series stopped), it did not have much to show.

 

It was mainly focused on King George’s and Queen Mary’s visit to the Crawleys. The movie tracked how the family handled the royal visit.

 

The movie ended on a good note with the King appreciating one of the Crawleys. But, there is still scope for the makers to create a Season 7 for the TV series.

 

That’s because the series was more focused on the events within the family.

 

The historical depictions were the icing on the cake. Though there was an incident of historical importance in the movie, it was minor.

 

The next best attraction of the movie was the good locations they used.

 

Byfleet Manor, Bampton Library, Churchgate House, and Highclere Castle enthralled the audience.

 

The series covered much greater ones like – Irish War of Independence, the Spanish pandemic, the 1923 general elections in Britain, and so on.

 

These were major turning points in the history of Britain.

 

In that context, the next best topic for them to utilize as a plot setting would be World War 2.

 

They could also base a plot on the Great Depression of the 1930s. This could be towards the end of season 7.

 

 

Online Reactions for Downton Abbey Season 7

 

Online reactions can give an insight into how popular a series and its brand impact are. The more it’s talked about, the better it gets.

 

This also helps the makers to understand the audience’s demands and their taste.

 

If future releases of it are tailored to meet that expectation, there’s no doubt the series will do good.

 

Quora

quora on downton abbey season 7

 

This Quora user gives an interesting perspective. For those who were engrossed in watching the TV series, the movie would do less justice.

 

The pace of TV series with 7 – 8 episodes compared to the few hours long movie is very different.

 

Once a trend is set and the viewers get accustomed, changing it can lower the response.

 

Reddit

reddit on downton season 7

 

Reddit, the front page of the internet has another take on this. This is a conversation that was sparked off after talks of the movie sequel.

 

This fan is happy that he gets to see at least something instead of nothing. So the expectations from viewers are also less.

 

 

Ratings and Reviews for Downton Abbey Season 7

 

Let's see what does rating tells about next season. Is it enough popular?

 

imdb rating for downton abbey tv series

 

IMDb gives a clearer picture of the reactions online. The rating average from 8.7 (mean) to 8.9 (median).

 

This is a very good rating for a series that ran for 6 seasons. Most seasons don’t do well beyond the 1st or 2nd sequels.

 

The biggest factor for its success was including the historical and turning points. These were etched into the common conscience of the British audience.

 

Let’s discuss the records which Downton Abbey set. Here’s a brief chat with it.

 

Record name

Rank

Columbus Day

277

Biggest Domestic September Weekend

19

Top Based on TV Weekend Domestic

46

Top Drama Weekend Domestic

42

Top Focus Features Weekend Domestic

1

Top Historical Fiction Weekend Domestic

39

Front-Loaded Opening Weekend

97

Biggest Domestic September Day

22

 

awards won by downton abbey tv series

 

Here are some of the ratings and reviews they received from some entertainment websites.

 

Website

Ratings

CommonSense Media

4/5

Rotten Tomatoes

94%

IMDB

8.7/10

Metacritic Metascore

80/100

Metacritic User Score

8.0

 

 

Sales and Profit Information for Downton Abbey Season 7

 

Here’s a basic analysis of the sales and profit details of the TV series. Overall, it performed well in the box office too.

 

Streaming

Downton Abbey series are available on Amazon Prime. On average, around 50,000 copies of each series were downloaded or viewed from Prime.

 

The ratings stood at around 4.8/5 which is very good for the series.

 

The global estimate for the viewership is 120 million views. Around 220 countries have purchased the rights for this series, too,

 

DVD and Bluray Disc

Here’s a brief chart showing the DVD sales of Downton Abbey’s DVD and Blu-ray sales.

 

Particular

Amount

Estimated  DVD Sales

$14,683,396

Estimated Blu-ray Sales

$11,849,673

Total Sales

$26,533,069

 

Cumulative Box Office lists show a great statistic for the series. Here’s a comparison of it.

 

Record

Rank

Amount

All Time Domestic Box Office 

783

$96,853,865

All Time International Box Office 

999

$97,840,859

All Time Worldwide Box Office 

856

$194,694,724

 

Production cost and success of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey, being a glamorous TV series was very expensive to shoot.

 

The whole plot revolved around the rich and elite people who were less.

 

The shoots were all in good and costly locations, the actors were highly sought-after ones too.

 

The brilliant artwork of recreating a castle of the 1900s and British life was expensive. However, it was not as much as it got hyped.

 

Jessica Fellowes’ book reveals that it cost around 1 million Euro for 1 episode.

 

This was around 1.2 million USD back then. Some other contemporary shows cost around $ 3 – 5 million.

 

This was roughly double the figure.

 

The low cost and good utilization of the money were what made Downton Abbey a commercial success.

 

If we believed estimates they made close to 9 or 10 times the money invested in it.

 

 

Famous Characters We Hope To See in Downton Abbey Season 7

 

family tree downton abbey

 

Downton Abbey is a fairly long series. It has around 7 – 9 episodes over 6 Seasons.

 

There are some characters that appeared in all while some did in just one or two.

 

To get clarity of the family tree, you can refer to the image above.

 

Here are the main characters that we can see in the Season 7 of Downton Abbey.

 

Robert Crawley

robert crawley

 

He’s the Earl of Grantham. Being the head of the family and a father, he does a lot.

 

He faces tough challenges to secure his family’s future. He comes across as a noble and powerful figure who commands respect.

 

Hugh Bonneville played this role.

 

Lady Cora Crawley

lady cora crawley

 

The Countess of Grantham. She’s married to Robert Crowley. She’s an American who lives as the English elite.

 

She comes across as someone who’s liberal considering the other aristocrats.

 

She’s the mother of Mary, Edith, and Sybil Crawley. She’s also a grandmother to Sybbie, George, and Marigold. Elizabeth McGovern played this role.

 

Edith Pelham

edith pelham

 

She’s the Marchioness of Hexham Lady Edith Crawley. This role was played by Laura Carmichael.

 

She’s the younger sister of Mary. After inheriting a publishing company, she struggles to manage her duties as a mother too.

 

Lady Mary Crawley

lady mary crawley

 

This role is played by Michelle Dockery. She’s the eldest daughter but, fails to inherit anything.

 

She lost her husband the day her son George was born. She had a good love life but, that invited scandals that bogger her down

 

Isobel Crawley

isobel crawley

 

She’s the mother-in-law of Mary and Mathew’s mother. She tries her best to balance the house and support the other family members.

 

Though she is shown as a strict mother-in-law, she is caring. This role was played by Penelope Wilton.

 

Here’s a table showing the other actors who appeared in all the Seasons. Some of them appeared, even in the movie.

 

Actor

Character

Phyllis Logan

Elsie Carson Hughes

Thomas Howes

William Mason

Rob James - Collier

Thomas Barrow

Rose Leslie

Gwen Harding née Dawson

Sophie McShera

Daisy Mason Robinson

Lesley Nicol

Beryl Patmore

Maggie Smith

Violet Crawley The Dowager Countess of Grantham

Dan Stevens

Matthew Crawley

Amy Nuttall

Ethel Parks

Kevin Doyle

Joseph Molesley

Allen Leech

Tom Branson

Matt Milne

Alfred Nugent

Ed Speleers

"Jimmy" Kent

Lily James

Lady Rose Aldridge née MacClare

David Robb

Dr. Richard Clarkson

Cara Theobold

Ivy Stuart

Raquel Cassidy

Phyllis Baxter

Tom Cullen

Anthony Foyle and Viscount Gillingham

Julian Ovenden

Charles Blake

Michael Fox

Andrew Andy Parker

Matthew Goode

Henry Talbot

Harry Hadden-Paton

Herbert Bertie Pelham, the 7th Marquess of Hexham

Imelda Staunton

Lady Maud Bagshaw

 

 

Other Decisive factors for Downton Abbey Season 7

 

This part of the article will describe the solid reasons to have a Season 7 for Downton Abbey. There are usually many reasons to not have a sequel.

 

Either it may be a lack of revenue from the first one. Or it may be a lack of source material. Sometimes it can also be the end.

 

Since the Downton Abbey series does not have the above-mentioned aspects, here are some points.

 

Ending

The ending of the 6th Season was a cliffhanger. The audience was eager to know what would happen to the Crawley Family. 

 

The crisis was not new for them. But, the one they were undergoing at the end was very harsh.

 

It had chances of breaking apart the whole family. Grave existential crises add more fuel for a story’s demand. 

 

The movie of 2019 showed the Crawleys in a well-to-do situation. But, the long-term viewers and fans of the TV series are in dilemma.

 

Will Lord Merton battle the terminal illness? What will Carson do after retiring? Will Barrow return as a Butler after Lord Grantham tells him to?

 

There are too many unanswered questions

 

Trailer

Since there are no official announcements for season 7 of Downton Abbey, there’s no trailer for it.

 

However, Hugh Bonville mentioned the movie sequel. Therefore its trailer may appear in the coming few months.

 

The delay in this is due to the Pandemic which spoiled many schedules.

 

The makers may consider the Season 7 prospects only after this movie sequel.

 

Controversy

Downton Abbey had caused many controversies or gave many others the chance to get into controversies. Here are some of them:

 

After the 3rd episode of the 4th season was aired, many people complained.

 

This was because it showed graphic violence which was a rape scene. UK’s TV regulator received 200 complaints and ITV the broadcasters, received 60. 

 

But, Ofcom (TV Regulator) did not take any action. This is because that episode that was broadcast had a disclaimer. 

 

Décor of Downton Abbey attracted many aesthetic minds. An American Representative was so enamored by it that he got into a controversy for this.

 

Aaron Schock revamped his congressional office to resemble that of the one in Downton Abbey. This led to his resignation for misuse of public funds.

 

The other controversy was American PBS altering the start and endpoints of the episodes.

 

This was to accommodate the US runtime schedules. Their decision to add a host for introducing each episode was also under criticism.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Fans will feel disappointed to know there are no updates till now, in 2021.

 

Also, the reports that the 2019 movie is going to get a sequel have diminished the hopes.

 

The good news is that the makers of the series have no denied a Season 7.

 

Fans have to wait to hear any official news yet. At moment, the only option that remains is to watch the Downton Abbey movie and wait for its sequel.

 

Maybe the directors want it to go in a shorter form as movies.

 

Anyway, there is enough source material and missing links for Season 7 to take off. Follow ENTOIN for more updates.