The Season 5 finale was more or less free of shocking moments, but just one day after the finale aired here in the U.S. we learned that next season will be Maggie Smith’s last as the Dowager Countess! She spilled the news during an interview with The New York Times.
It remains unclear whether Season 6 will be the last season for the Dowager or for the entire series. Season 6 will air on WPT in 2016, but beyond that, no one knows the long-term future of Downton Abbey.
We’ll speculate later. For now, take a look at some of the best Maggie Smith moments from Downton Abbey’s early seasons. We’re looking forward to many more great quips and double takes from the Dowager Countess next year in Season 6.