PBS has been attempting to keep up with ITV’s promotional schedule for the final season of Downton Abbey. With the Christmas day finale close at hand, and the première of the season under a month away over here, they’ve finally moved on to their own schedule. To that end, we got brand new trailer for the last season over the weekend.
Meanwhile, below the cut, we’ve got the promotional poster for the Christmas special on ITV. And let’s just say that it’s not the people who are on the poster that’s the big spoiler. It’s the ones who are missing. Don’t click if you don’t want to know!
Do you see what’s so striking? Let’s look back at the original Downton poster from all those years ago.
Do you see it yet? Look at the amount of family vs the amount of servants. Eight family, ten servants. The ratio is even more disproportionate if one realizes that half the “family” on the original poster don’t even live at Downton. It’s five family to ten servants, a two to one ratio.
But this new poster–I literally thought for a minute that it was only the family, and they’d just not included downstairs. Ten family. Three servants. Thomas, Andy and Molesley. Everyone else who served the family is gone. Carson, Hughes, the Bates, the kitchen staff, the maids…. They’ve all gone. Where, and how we don’t know yet. (For all we know they may not leave until the Christmas special.) But it’s a startling visual of how much the world has changed over the course of a short fifteen year span, from 1911 when the show began, to 1926 when it ends.