‘Downton Abbey’ season 3 finale spoilers: Elizabeth McGovern hints at 2013 end

Downton Abbey CastIs “Downton Abbey” season 3 really the beginning of the end? While it seems to be the general consensus among many associated with the ITV series that there is still more story to tell moving forward into next season, there are inevitably still questions about whether or not this story will find a way to come to a close soon. More so than in America, it is the British tradition to end a series before it starts to wane in quality, largely so that viewers are left with a good taste in their mouths versus something bitter, disappointing, and with ratings that are a shell of their former selves. If only someone had passed along this idea to “Desperate Housewives” and “Jersey Shore” here…

With all of this in mind, should you really find the following comments courtesy of one Elizabeth McGovern to be that shocking? Speaking as a part of a new interview with the Mirror, the actress (best known for playing Lady Cora) suggested that there may be only one more season left in “Downton Abbey” before the final curtain is dropped:

“We still have the Christmas special to come and then I think we definitely have one more series in us … Nothing has officially been said, but I think we are going to go for one next year. I would hate for it to outstay its welcome.”

There are already a number of questions moving forward to next season, as Dan Stevens and Maggie Smith are currently up in the air when it comes to their return. (A health scare from the latter has led to an even greater cause for concern.) The show could go on without Matthew and the Dowager Countess, but it would clearly not be the same. The silver lining here is that each season is only a small handful of episodes, and thus it is not the same commitment as shooting a whopping 22 (or in some cases 24) episodes of a “Grey’s Anatomy” type show in America.

How much life do you think that this series has, and do you think that next year could and should be the end? If you want some more details about what to expect courtesy of Sunday’s “Downton Abbey” season 3 finale, be sure to read our story here.

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