I half expect Downton Abbey to end with the start of World War II in the last episode of Season 5.
Grandpa Robert “runs” into a tea party and says: “We are now at war with Germany!
Again!” Then the screen goes black, the credits roll and a text tells us:
“All male members of the Crawley family went to war and died, including Tom Branson and Matthew Junior. The same happened to the staff. Half of the female characters die in childbirth. The other half become strong independent women, but are killed off, too, because the actors want to go to America.
This was the last episode you will ever see of Downton Abbey.
No, better idea:
The last shot is Downton in all it’s glory, fading away in the distance. Then, some bombs drop out of the sky and Downton falls into a pitiful pile of ruins. Everyone died. Fellowes’ laughter may be heard from the off.
Hang on a minute, there’s a flaw in your prediction!
Tom wouldn’t go fight in WW2 because Ireland remained neutral in that war, and Tom wouldn’t volunteer for the British army.
Apart from that you’re spot on.