Previous to the discharge of final month’s Downton Abbey film, the concept that a sequel may occur was an enormous “let’s wait and see.” We’ll, we’ve waited and we’ve seen. We all know Downton Abbey has made 5 instances its finances up to now, which suggests it’s a monetary success. It additionally leaves the door open for some extra potential sequel tasks.
What may cease a sequel? Why scheduling, in fact. However there could be loads of methods to get round that within the Downton Abbey universe by giving sure characters spinoff tales. For instance, if Dame Maggie Smith isn’t accessible, maybe we may commit a full story to Girl Mary and Henry and so forth and so forth.
Subsequently, we’ve devised a listing of – I’m going to go forward and say it – nice concepts for potential Downton Abbey spinoffs. A few of these could be fascinating aspect tasks fleshing out the universe, some would possibly even end out tales this primary Downton Abbey film was unable to, and a few of these are merely enjoyable concepts I simply needed to flesh out within the hopes they could carry another person pleasure. In any case, what’s higher than grabbing a cup of tea and diving into this heat and dramatic world?
There are just a few spoilers in these coming paragraphs, however I attempted to maintain it spoiler mild! Thanks for studying.
A Younger Dowager Countess Prequel
The Plot: Violet Crawley’s youth, main as much as her place as head of Downton family throughout a time of change within the 19th century. Consider the style!
Why It Works: We have been given snippets of backstory (together with her transient romance with Russian royalty), and it would be fascinating to see Violet’s life as Robert’s mom/Downton’s matriarch because it unfolded. Additionally, younger Violet is sure to be a determine of such fiery stature, I assume her antics could be amped up exponentially with youth. Past all that, the Downton Abbey film tidily wraps up the Dowager Countess’ story, and this could be a manner to usher in the character with out Maggie Smith.
No matter Occurred To Girl Rose?
The Plot: We all know the romantic struggles and decisions Girl Rose made throughout the sequence, however Lily James didn’t come again for the Downton Abbey film, so we don’t have indication of what she’s been as much as lately. Whereas we all know quite a bit concerning the household she married into, I’m imagining her adjusting to her new life and social neighborhood and getting on the identical web page with the formidable grandmother of this clan, as nicely.
Why It Works: Maggie Smith is the center of Downton Abbey, however a interval film with one other saucy and interesting elder member would maintain the sensation of Downton whereas increasing into one other household and neighborhood throughout the interval. Plus, it will give the franchise the proper alternative to signal on somebody superior, like Diana Rigg. Lastly, folks need to know what Rose is as much as and this looks like the proper alternative for a solo spinoff.
Dying On The Monitor
The Plot: Mary and Henry head to America for a enjoyable weekend jaunt to a racetrack as a part of a tour of the States. Solely, their idyllic journey to the U.S. turns into one in every of thriller and hazard when a homicide occurs on the large occasion. Fortunately, a gents detective exhibits up on the scene, and along with her take-charge perspective, Girl Mary is available to assist in a significant manner.
Why It Works: Let’s be sincere, homicide mysteries are in proper now, with the return of Hercule Poirot on the massive display and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Knives Out. Additionally, I feel Downton Abbey followers on this aspect of the pond would love seeing a story set in America. I relaxation my case.
Thomas Barrow: From Downstairs To No Stairs
The Plot: Attending to know himself higher by means of his new romance, Thomas Barrow’s life as a homosexual man in a really constrained society may see him begin accepting himself increasingly, and maybe even leaving service ultimately to dwell a much less constrained life. Maybe this one would merely be known as Barrow.
Why It Works: Thomas has come a great distance from being the conniving/self-loathing determine he was initially. Whereas the sequence has had this plot within the background, the film gave him extra to do. Barrow’s story ended on a hopeful notice, and it looks like there was sufficient there to comply with by means of right into a separate journey, notably given how this film selected to current Thomas’ development. The Downton franchise does prefer to see change!
Maud And Lucy
The Plot: With the royal go to now concluded, Girl Maud Bagshaw and Lucy Smith return to “regular life” with the Monarchy. Which leads them to debate Lucy’s romance with Tom Branson, and whether or not or not it is a good suggestion. There could be loads of instructions this plot may go, Julian Fellowes-style, however it will be a great way to complete out the story of Tom and Lucy with out being a specific-to-Downton sequel.
Why It Works: There’s new blood within the Downton sequence thanks to those two, and reasonably than simply give them a prequel, there may very well be a pleasant aspect story that sees mom and daughter fleshed out on the massive display. Two different professionals. First, Downton Abbey loves love story, so extra on this could be nice. Secondly, utilizing these characters may imply extra royal intrigue may very well be blended in and I am guessing most audiences would discover this pleasant.
There have been loads of characters that did not make it into the Downton Abbey film and will conceivably have a go at a prequel or spinoff sooner or later. We additionally thought of seeing what characters like Dr. Clarkson had been as much as, or excited about a approach to inform a narrative about Matthew Crawley earlier than his premature demise on the unique sequence. The Crawley patriarch’s love for canines may even broaden right into a separate journey, though we could also be switching up film genres a little bit with an animal-centric story.
Regardless, ought to the inventive minds behind Downton Abbey need to go on, there are many totally different instructions they may go in. Let’s hope one thing of this ilk comes down the pipeline, and shortly.
I am certain main Downton Abbey followers have another nice concepts for the place these tales may go. For those who’ve considered this as a lot as Mike and I’ve, do cease by for tea and tell us.
Which Downton Abbey Spinoff Would You Like To See?