Its creator, Julian Fellowes, will be coming to America to start working on a new series "The Gilded Age" and he's made it known he cannot focus on two things at once. Here is the coverage of that scenario in USA Today by Maria Puente.
The sixth season will be filmed in England this spring and wrap up in the summer. After that will be shown here in the U.S. Then that could be that.
The issue is not that it will end. But, how.
Will Robert lose everything?
Will Cora, disgusted with the lack of affection and then the lack of money, return to America and her roots? Or will she simply stay in England and marry the art dealer who knows how to make her feel important?
Then there's the issue of Mr. Bates. The Columbo-like detective has been snooping around. If Mr. Bates did kill Green, it will be found out. Anna will be crushed. She will even start wondering if he also offed the first wife. With this possibility swirling around her, she would be wise to use contraception, just like Lady Mary. This is no time for a bun in the over.
If the family falls on hard times then Lady Edith could have the opportunity to 'fess up on her own fall from grace. She can acknowledge that Marigold is her daughter. She can support the two as a journalist. Back then, there were still jobs in that field.
Lady Mary could mutate into The Professional Woman, saving what's left to save in terms of revenue from the Abbey's lands. Finding that she can do quite well as a businessperson she could chuck the need to marry again.
Thomas The Radical could emigrate to America and align with any or many of the emerging movements. Before leaving he's bound to tell Robert off.
Will there be any compassion for Robert? Maybe from his mother. But maybe not. After all, from her affair with her Russian, she knows how a real man is supposed to comport himself.