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During “Downton Abbey’s” darkest hour, Lady Mary Crawley found herself betrayed by the man she loved, heartlessly marched to the gallows at Christmas.
But not before the Crawleys and others grappled with despair — or numbness, no matter which side of the line they were on.
While viewers sought a sense of closure, few viewers grasped the larger meaning behind the tragic events, which were aired during the show’s most divisive season since the third season.
Euphoria Studios head of makeup costume designer John Dixon — responsible for creating such memorable characters as Lord Grantham, Lady Mary and Bates — has revealed that characters will return to the roiling waters of hopelessness, with each season bringing a new and unexpected story arc.
” Season 5, there’s always that meta element that I’ve never quite been able to come to terms with,” Dixon told CNN Money. “I know there’s going to be a big theme and a big season 4.2 called “Goodbye to All That” which will be all about trying to sort things out.
“But then in the last season we found that Lady Mary was left wondering and depressed — I’ve been waiting a couple of seasons for that stuff to come up and it’s much more dramatic and exciting than I thought it was going to be.”
For Dixon, the changes come from the fact that each and every character has its own mission in life.
For Lady Mary, that mission continues to be bearing her husband’s twins, despite the difficult and terrifying circumstances in which she made her choice.
“For Anna (Joanne Froggatt) it was about standing by Bates, a lot of men in society would have sold their mother or their daughter for that,” Dixon said.
“It’s about trying to have a happy life, Anna isn’t a happily ever after person — she’s miserable all the time.”
Together, the characters’ goals have become connected and though “Euphoria” has — at times — flown in the face of the show’s recognizable conventions, Dixon says that the characters have always been on the same path.
“We have had a lot of seasons coming towards something because of where things are in the historical context — in the last season some of the characters are out for justice or they’re looking for redemption,” he said.
“There are a lot of seasons where you can argue that things aren’t going well in the ’20s, particularly women — it’s all about exclusion, but there’s also a whole lot of work, conversation about feminism. So the fact that they had a family history to go along with all of that is part of the idea of that.
“We have three seasons left — Season 5, 6 and 7 — so I hope that they will all end in this very distinctive way.”