‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 spoilers: How much life is there really left?

Downton AbbeyIs it possible that “Downton Abbey” could last for an entire decade? While we doubt that the odds of this happening are necessarily substantial, we have an interesting perfect-world scenario coming now for a show that many pegged to be over within a couple of years.

Speaking in a new interview with the New York Daily News, executive producer Gareth Neame expressed the rather-surprising belief that this is a series that could feasibly last for as long as ten years, at least if the stars managed to align in all of the right ways:

“I think it is going to go on for a while. Right now the show is still growing in the U.S. and it would be awful to think of the show ending … I would rather let the show run between four and 10 years, I imagine.”

Ultimately, we see a number of issues with this show in particular going on for that long. For one, none of the actors in England sign the same sort of binding contracts that they do in America, meaning that many of them will have to re-negotiate far sooner. Translation? Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay are not going to be the only actors who develop an interest in taking on some other projects elsewhere. Maggie Smith in particular seems to be taking this on a year-by-year basis, and she could decide to take off at any given point.

It is the tradition in Britain for series to end (save for maybe “Doctor Who”) long before they reach a decade on the air, so if we had to guess, we would say that the “Downton Abbey” shelf life is probably around six seasons at most.

What do you make of Neame’s comments? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below! Also, if you want to read some more scoop on the future of Michelle Dockery’s Mary, you can do so over at the link here.

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