Downton Abbey Season Finale

Downton Abbey superfans get a sneak peek of spectacular season finale — and secrets galore

Downton Abbey superfans get sneak peek of spectacular season finale

Downton Abbey fans, George Fotinos and his date, Stephanie Anderson, dress for the Manor of Speaking season finale
Downton Abbey fans George Fotinos and Stephanie Anderson dress for the Manor of Speaking  season finale.   Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Ernie Manouse and Joanne Herring at taping of Manor of Speaking after Downton Abbey
Joanne Herring and Ernie Manouse. Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Helen Mann, butler “Mr. Rodgers," Ernie Manouse, St.John Flynn on the Manor of Speaking set after Downton Abbey
On the set of Houston Public Media’s Manor of Speaking, from left, Helen Mann, the butler “Mr. Rodgers,”  Ernie Manouse, and St. John Flynn.
 
Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Darin and Amber Murphy pose with the Downton Abbey upstairs characters at the Manor of Speaking season finale taping
Darin and Amber Murphy pose with the upstairs characters from Downton Abbey at the Manor of Speaking season finale taping.
 
Photo by Jonathan Sandys
 Elaine Roach, Carol Lukes, Rhonda Onwere, Irene Brackenridge pose in front of wall of Downton Abbey characters
“Downton Abbey” fans, from left, Elaine Roach, Carol Lukes, Rhonda Onwere and Irene Brackenridge pose for a fun photo.
 
Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Ernie Manouse speaks to an audience member during a taping of Manor of Speaking following Downton Abbey season finale
A Manor of Speaking audience member asks host Ernie Manouse a question about Downton Abbey during the season finale taping. Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Manor of Speaking season finale guests, Downton Abbey fans Maya Houston and Doni M. Wilson
Manor of Speaking fans Maya Houston and Doni M. Wilson have fun on the set after the show. Photo by Jonathan Sandys
Downton Abbey fans, George Fotinos and his date, Stephanie Anderson, dress for the Manor of Speaking season finale
Ernie Manouse and Joanne Herring at taping of Manor of Speaking after Downton Abbey
Helen Mann, butler “Mr. Rodgers," Ernie Manouse, St.John Flynn on the Manor of Speaking set after Downton Abbey
Darin and Amber Murphy pose with the Downton Abbey upstairs characters at the Manor of Speaking season finale taping
 Elaine Roach, Carol Lukes, Rhonda Onwere, Irene Brackenridge pose in front of wall of Downton Abbey characters
Ernie Manouse speaks to an audience member during a taping of Manor of Speaking following Downton Abbey season finale
Manor of Speaking season finale guests, Downton Abbey fans Maya Houston and Doni M. Wilson

Lucky Houston fans of Downton Abbey were in an excited mood earlier this week when they got to watch a sneak preview of the supersized season finale and attend a taping of Manor of Speaking, the locally-produced show that dissects every twist and turn of PBS's most popular series.

Some fans came to the Houston Public Media studios dressed in period costume — this season's episodes are set in 1924 — ready to dissect every plot point with a panel that included MOS host Ernie Manouse, regular panelists Helen Mann and St. John Flynn and special guests Joanne Herring and Evan Turner.

There was a lot to talk about because the season finale has a lot of twists and turns, including — spoiler alert! —a trek to a Scotland castle where all sorts of scandalous things happen, yet another new handsome suitor for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) — this time the dashing Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode) from The Good Wife — and the most heartwarming ending in Downton's five year history.

Actually, all of these things are alluded to in the previews of the season finale that followed the last episode, so we're not really giving any secrets away. To find out what happens, watch the season finale episode Sunday at 8 p.m. on Channel 8, followed by the season-ending episode of Manor of Speaking. (The local show used to be aired live but this season it is taped beforehand because more than 80 PBS stations across the nation have picked it up to run at various times throughout the week.)

Guests also got a chance to pose with life-sized cut-out characters from the show — either with the upstairs Crawley family or the downstairs servants — or both.