Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in the sixth and final season of "Downton Abbey," whose series finale airs on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom. The final season begins Jan. 3 in the U.S. (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television/TNS)

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in the sixth and final season of "Downton Abbey," whose series finale airs on Christmas Day in the United Kingdom. The final season begins Jan. 3 in the U.S. (Nick Briggs/Carnival Film & Television/TNS)

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Downton Abbey, as its army of passionate fans knows all too well, is coming to a close. The sixth and final season wraps up tomorrow -- Christmas Day -- but only in the United Kingdom. In the U.S., the final season begins airing Jan. 3 on PBS. 

But as you know, we now live in a highly mobile society, and many people living in the U.S. have already watched the final season, via such online methods as Tunnel Bear, which creates a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, that offers a gateway to shows in the U.K. I wrote about that in this blog post.

British newspapers are already writing about the series finale, which begins airing at 2:45 p.m. Dallas time Christmas Day. Be forewarned: If you prefer to know nothing about the sixth and final season, do not click any of these links. Please consider this your official spoiler alert. But if you do want to read up, here we go: 

This link offers plenty of information

Here is more here, including a trailer of the final episode. 

Here is an item about cast member Michelle "Lady Mary" Dockery overcoming a recent personal loss to film the final scenes

And here's an item on cast members trying to describe the series finale in three words or less

Here is the official final season trailer from PBS: 


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