“Downton Abbey” Season 5 Finale Recap: Against All Odds

"Downton Abbey" Season 5 Finale Recap: Against All Odds
The "Downton Abbey" season 5 finale wrapped up with a wedding. The family and the staff traveled to London where secrets, both new and old, came to light.

Downton Abbey season 5 wrapped up with a wedding. The family and the staff traveled to London where secrets, both new and old, came to light.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

I Think I Wanna Marry You

Downton is busy prepping for the wedding of Lady Rose and Atticus before the family and the staff head to London for the wedding.

Rose’s parents, Shrimpie and Susan, will be meeting the family there. They are in the middle of the divorce and have lost a great deal of money and, with it, their entire staff. Susan is against the marriage, but Shrimpie makes it clear that he supports it.

The two young lovebird’s efforts to tie the knot are only made more difficult by the Atticus’ father, Lord Sinderby, who is not happy about accepting a non-Jewish person into his family.

Rose later has lunch with Edith, Mary, and Tom and is sent compromising photographs of Atticus from the night before at his stag party. Rose calls her fiancee and the two eventually work through the situation. As it turns out, Rose’s bitter mother was the one who had set the whole thing up, which included hiring the “tart” to flirt with Atticus and put herself in a compromising position, all for a hidden cameraman who was waiting to snap the photographs.

Later on, Susan is adamant that she will publicly confess her current martial status to Atticus’ father who had previously made it known that the does not approve of divorce because it represents weakness.

When she blatantly tells him the situation in front of everyone at the registry office, shortly before Rose and Atticus are to be married, it’s Atticus’ mother who thanks her for her honesty and threatens to leave her husband if he tries to stop the wedding from happening.

Eventually, the two young lovers do get married, despite the mounting odds against them.

Decisions, Decisions

Violet receives an early morning visit from Prince Kuragin who tells her that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. The Dowager doesn’t quite know what to make of the situation.

Meanwhile, Edith is much brighter now that she is permanently reunited with her daughter, Marigold. However, Violet and Cora are the only family members, aside from Rosamund, to know Edith’s secret.

Edith’s concern and instinctual maternal instinct over her new charge seems to confuse the rest of the family who believe that Edith has only taken the girl in because the Drewe family could no longer care for her.

Near the end of the episode, Robert manages to figure out the entire thing, but promises Cora that he won’t tell anyone, seeing as how Mary and Tom still don’t know anything. They decide to let Edith have her secret a little while longer. Robert even admits that he knows he’ll love his new granddaughter.

Tom tells the family that he has a new opportunity to go to Massachusetts for business, which causes some tension to form within the family. Edith tells him that she’ll miss him, while Mary seems flustered by the amount of change that is happening.

After she finds out that Lord Gillingham and Mable Fox will be getting married, she tells Carson that “Our household is breaking up… people grow up, and move away, and things change.” Despite her incredibly hard and somewhat unyielding exterior, Mary seems to be the one most affected by the changes within the family and at Downton.

He Had It Coming

The police pay another visit to Downton (will this saga ever end?) and tells Anna and Bates that they’ve discovered that Green had a penchant for assaulting petite women and that many have recently come forward who were too scared to do so in the past.

The police ask Anna to pay a visit to Scotland Yard when she’s in London, which she agrees to do.

When Anna eventually arrives at the headquarters, she’s unexpectedly put in a lineup with a few other woman. An unfamiliar man walks in, examines each woman closely, then leaves.

Near the end of the family’s trip to London, the police arrive at Grantham House and arrest Anna for Green’s murder. Despite protest from Mary and Robert, Anna is taken away in handcuffs.

Anyone else instantly imagine a Downton version of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago?

I’m hoping that this who Green plot will wrap up eventually so that Anna and Bates can experience a normal life together, free of prison cells and murder trials.


The whole village gathers for the unveiling of the new war memorial. Despite her decision not go, Robert is able to convince Mrs. Patmore to attend. After the ceremony, he leads her to a special area in the town square where he had a plaque put up to honour her nephew, Archie.

On the walk back to Downton Abbey, Daisy tells Mr. Mason and a relieved Mrs. Patmore that she won’t be leaving anytime soon. Earlier in the episode, she had told a shocked Mrs. Patmore that she wanted to move to London and take her life in a new direction. However, she has decided to stay at Downton, at least until she completes her exams.

What was your favourite moment from the “Downton Abbey” season 5 finale episode?

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