One of the sweetest moments of the “Downton Abbey” Season 5 finale showed Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) getting engaged. The two clearly liked each other for years, but they never admitted their feelings. So now we can skip over all the dating drama and just watch them get married in Season 6, right? Executive producer Julian Fellowes isn’t about to let anyone skip off to their happily-ever-after that easily.
“Happiness is quite a difficult concept when you have an ongoing drama,” Fellowes told the New York Times. “What you can’t do is have everything go right. Then you’re just left with a couple saying, ‘Did you have a good day, darling?’ ‘Terrific, why don’t you sit down while I get dinner?’”
As for Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes specifically, Fellowes doesn’t seem optimistic about their future. “Well, you know, 'Downton' is a bumpy path. [laughs],” Fellowes said when asked about their upcoming nuptials.
“Downton Abbey” fans know better than to expect two characters to easily ride off into the sunset. Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes will have plenty of drama before their wedding. However, expecting a wedding at all might be setting viewer's hopes too high. “All sorts of twists and turns and surprises happen, but let’s hope they get all the way to the altar. …Let’s just hope one of those tricky 'Downton' things doesn’t happen that thwarts them,” executive producer Gareth Neame told Variety.
That wasn’t the only time Neame hinted at a canceled wedding. In another interview he teassed that they might not make it to the big day at all. “No doubt married life – with all that entails – is on the horizon, although with the twists and turns of the events of life in Downton we don’t yet know if they’ll even make it down the aisle!!” he told Deadline.
Could Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes’ future be over before it even began? We’re hoping that the producers are just being a bit overdramatic when they’re hinting at their future. After all, we’re not sure if we can handle the break up between our new favorite couple and Maggie Smith’s departure in Season 6.
“Downton Abbey” Season 6 is filming, but no release date has been announced. Do you think Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes will make it to the altar? Sound off in the comments section below!