When people talk about being shocked and heartbroken on a regular basis because of a television series, they’re usually talking about Game of Thrones. Though Downton Abbey doesn’t have quite the same stakes – at all – the show’s visceral drama has caused jaw-dropping and a heavy use of tissues. Most of the weeping was due to unfair arrests, break-ups, or unexpected deaths, but sometimes it was for joyous occasions. Isn’t there a a saying about how the rain usually brings the sun? In Downton, that was flipped. Shining, sparkling joy often brightened the fancy household before tragedy, and those scenes of happiness aren’t as well-remembered. As the series comes to a close, let’s take a look back on some of the best moments of this gorgeous drama.
Editor’s note: With the Downton Abbey movie headed to U.S. theaters this month, Focus Features has also released a recap video for your viewing pleasure!