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Downton Abbey Is Really Over! Creator Julian Fellowes Confirms Show's End After Season 6!

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We're afraid what you've heard is true. Downton Abbey is no more.

Yes, Carnival Films and ITV are putting a period on their period drama.

[ Photos: Kate Middleton Visiting Downton Abbey ]

After several rumors and reports, the official announcement came Thursday that the sixth season of the show would indeed be its last.

No more upstairs/downstairs drama, no more rapier wit, no more untimely deaths — well, except for this one.

Series creator Julian Fellowes said in a statement:

"The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment."

Season 6 will begin airing on PBS in January 2016 and consist of eight episodes and a Christmas special — and then it's all over.

Ah well. Nothing lasts forever. Not even the 1920s.

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