How can I have lost so much interest, especially after all the built-up anticipation? Here are a few reasons.
- It's always the same old story. I don't know about other Downton Abbey fans, but how many times can you watch Anna cry over something that's not going right between her and Bates? I understand that they've been through a lot and I know many viewers can relate to fertility/pregnancy problems, but there's only so much of Anna's pout that I can take. Also, what about the dragged out Marigold/Mrs. Drewe nonsense? Yes, we get that Mrs. Drewe watched over Marigold and has a sick obsession with the child. So during the second episode when Marigold goes missing during the fair, it was obvious who had taken her. Didn't we see enough about this last season? I thought we were done.
- The marriage between Elsie Hughes and Charles Carson is not believable. I don't know if the writers were grasping at straws or trying to create some element of surprise when (Mr. Charles) Carson asked Mrs. (Elsie) Hughes to marry him at the end of season 5. But, the whole thing kind of came out of no where because there has never been any romance between the two. Given this, it was a bit believable during the first episode of the final season when Mrs. Hughes asked Carson about whether or not they'd have sex as a married couple. But even that dragged on. After so much time dedicated to a boring argument about where the wedding would take place, Mrs. Hughes and Carson don't even kiss when they're pronounced married. How disappointing, but at the same time predictable since there's never been a true spark between them in the first place.
- The argument between Mrs. Crawley, the Dowager Countess, Cora, and others about the hospital is nothing but a typical family disagreement. You can usually count on Violet, the Dowager Countess, to comeback with a wise, funny response to any argument, but not so much this season. The debate about what should happen with the hospital has had no connection to any other part of the show up to this point. As a viewer, I'm not sure why I should care other than for the chance to get a good laugh from Violet, which hasn't happened.
I'm hoping that the remaining episodes take a turn for the better. The show's first few seasons were so strong that it'd be so sad to end the show on such a weak, drab note.