Downton Abbey’s Violet Ending Was Proper For A New Period (& Girl Mary)

Downton Abbey: A New Period bringing again Maggie Smith’s Girl Violet one final time was an ideal remaining farewell and a passing of the torch to Mary.

Warning: SPOILERS for Downton Abbey: A New Period

Girl Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) bid her remaining farewell in Downton Abbey: A New Period, and bringing the Dowager Countess again for the sequel was the sensible transfer for the movie, for Girl Mary Talbot (Michelle Dockery), and for the Downton Abbey story. Within the 2019 Downton Abbey movie, Violet confessed to Mary her secret that she was deathly in poor health. Whereas many viewers felt that the final sight of Girl Violet fortunately watching from the sidelines as her household danced on the royal ball was an ideal approach to say goodbye, Downton Abbey: A New Period brilliantly gave the Dowager Countess a correct ending that crystallized her significance to the Crawley household and to Downton Abbey.


In Downton Abbey: A New Period, Violet’s “mysterious previous” and why she was willed a villa within the South of France was the launching pad for the movie’s primary story. Whereas Violet could not journey, Robert, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), led a contingent of the household to the Riviera to uncover his mom’s secret. In the meantime, Mary ran Downton Abbey because it hosted a film manufacturing and its troublesome firm of actors. All through Downton Abbey: A New Period, Girl Violet’s historical past was the spoke that saved the film’s wheel turning, and it led to Robert’s traumatic suspicion that his mom could have had an affair that led to his delivery, which meant his life because the Earl of Grantham was a fraud. Nevertheless, Violet put her son’s fears to relaxation that he’s, certainly, his father’s son. Robert’s story led to a number of the most emotional moments within the Earl of Grantham’s historical past, particularly when he additionally feared his spouse, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern), was dying of most cancers. Violet and Cora have at all times been at odds however the Dowager Countess lastly gave her daughter-in-law her due, which was appreciated.

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As evident all through Downton Abbey: The New Period, giving Maggie Smith’s Girl Violet one final movie through which she has all of the funniest quips and to say her remaining goodbyes to her household (and castmates) was so a lot better than if Violet had merely died in between movies and was absent within the sequel. In A New Period, Violet was in a position to have touching moments with crucial individuals in her life. Isobel (Penelope Wilton) was her “sparring companion” all through Downton Abbey however they grew into the closest of mates. Violet and Isobel every understood how vital they have been to one another and the dying dame trusted Isobel with making certain her reminiscence is correctly saved alive for his or her grandchildren. Violet was additionally joyful that her grudge in opposition to Girl Maud Bagshaw (Imelda Staunton) was over and Maud was again within the household. Additional, the Dowager Countess had a unprecedented second with Tom Branson (Allen Leech) referring to how they’ve develop into mates after a troublesome starting. And Maggie Smith was given a tearjerker dying scene in order that Girl Violet handed away peacefully in mattress surrounded by her household.

Dowager Countess Lady Grantham Downton Abbey Maggie Smith

In Downton Abbey: A New Period, Julian Fellowes additionally ingeniously crafted Girl Mary’s story to parallel her grandmama’s. Simply as Violet had a potential fling with a person she discovered extremely engaging within the 1860s, Mary was equally tempted by her attraction to director Jack Barber (Hugh Dancy) whereas her husband, Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), was away. But Mary stayed true and “nothing occurred,” simply as nothing occurred between Violet and her French Marquis. The Dowager Countess passing away lastly passes the torch of the matriarch of Downton Abbey to Girl Mary, which was arrange within the earlier Downton Abbey movie and touched upon in Mary and Violet’s scenes collectively within the sequel. By the tip of A New Period, Mary has lastly “develop into” her grandmother and is totally minted as “the captain of the ship.”

It is Girl Violet’s dying that provides the title Downton Abbey: A New Period its that means as a result of the lack of the Dowager Countess is what lastly brings forth a brand new period. The Crawleys enter the “fashionable world” of the Nineteen Thirties and shortly, it is their grandchildren who will keep on the household legacy. Downton Abbey: A New Period is definitely a celebration of Girl Violet’s life and the way a lot she’s going to at all times imply to the Crawley household. Therefore the attractive and poignant remaining shot of Downton Abbey: A New Period after the Dowager Countess’ solemn funeral procession when, 9 months later, Tom and Lucy Branson (Tuppence Middleton) carry their new child dwelling and is welcomed to the Crawley household whereas the portrait of Girl Violet lovingly appears to be like on from the mantle.

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  • Downton Abbey: A New Period (2022)Launch date: Could 20, 2022

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