Downton Abbey has come to an end in the U.K., but the sixth and final season of the period drama won’t premiere in the U.S. until early next month.

Downton Abbey Spoilers

In keeping with the show’s tradition, Downton Abbey‘s U.K. Christmas special doubled as a season finale of sorts. Showrunner Julian Fellowes opted to end the highly successful show on a happy note, neatly finishing off the storylines – particularly the romantic storylines – with neat bows.

Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery), who had the devastating loss of her first husband Matthew early on in the series, has finally found lasting love again with Henry (Matthew Goode), with whom she’s expecting another child, who will be a younger brother or sister to her son George with the late Matthew.

As for Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), she and Bertie Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton) get their happy ending, while Daisy (Sophie McShera) and Andy (Michael Fox) formally embark on a relationship together. Mary and Edith’s parents – Lord Gratham (Hugh Bonneville) and Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) are even a part of the romance, renewing their wedding vows.

Love was also at the center of the finale stories for those downstairs. Anna (Joanne Froggatt) gives birth to her and Bates’ (Brendan Coyle) firstborn. And, Mr Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs Hughes (Phyllis Logan) plan a happy retirement together.

While many other members of the cast are paired off in some way, the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) remains single. But, she gets the final line of the series. After Isobel (Penelope Wilton) delivers her New Year’s cheers: “We’re going forward into the future, not back into the past,” the Dowager Countess retorts, “If only we had the choice.”

Downton Abbey‘s sixth season will premiere on PBS Sunday, Jan. 3.

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