A Downton Abbey producer says Maggie Smith's widowed countess is fine
Continue with caution. If you have not seen the movie Downton Abbey you have the biggest problems!
One of the most touching scenes in Downton Abbey's film comes to an end when the widow countess tells Lady Mary that she "can not live long." Mary, devastated, wonders aloud how Downton will go on without her grandmother. But the countess will not let her live.
Instead, she announces that Lady Mary is the "Future of Downton" and her worthy successor. "You take over where I left off," Violet tells Mary. "You will be the fearsome old lady who keeps everyone up to date, you'll do it, darling, and you'll do it wonderfully."
It's a nice moment ̵
1; but some enthusiastic Downton fans wondered if it was written to promote the plot or satisfy a personal request from actress Maggie Smith. As is well known, Smith was the last actor to sign up for the film, having previously suggested in an interview with the British Film Institute that the film be buried with the widow countess's funeral. "Downton Abbey movie widow Countess Maggie Smith" class = "Lazyimage Lazyload" data-src = "https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/downton-abbey-exclusive-clip -1567633588.jpg? Resize = 480: *" /
Now Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame has revealed that it was not Smith who decided to make the countess ill. "It was my decision because I thought it had taken a while to persuade Maggie to make the film and I wanted to demonstrate that we would not ask her again," he told Entertainment Weekly.  Neame added, "To put it succinctly, it was about having a very delicate scene between her and the Mary figure, and the idea of relaying the baton from one matriarch to the next The idea that they are all real tenants on the property and that it is their duty to pass [and] on to the next generation who will take over. "
The producer also made it clear that they never actually had thought of killing the widow Countess during the movie or beginning of the movie with her funeral. That way, "It's still a happy end for the movie, though it's really not news we want to hear," he explained was just very, very sad and not really very downton. "
However, it seems likely that it will not perform well in a sequel, should there be one.  But Neame is not so sure." The doctors at downton something wrong, "he teased.