Maggie Smith Isn't Leaving 'Downton Abbey' Just Yet

Violet Crawley you're messing with our minds.

Maggie Smith, you better be messin' with us. The actress, who plays Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey AKA the top OG and Dowager Countess of Grantham, says that season six might be her last season. 

"They say this is the last one, and I can't see how it could go on," Smith told the Sunday Times. "I mean, I certainly can't keep going. To my knowledge, I must be 110 by now. We're in the late 1920s."

Doesn't she know she's one of our favorite characters on the show? Writers, you better brainstorm a way to resolve this, and quick. Maybe a flashback season? Maybe Violet Crawley is actually a wizard and can time travel? Let's think about this some more, shall we?

The sixth season goes into production this year and will premiere 2016, so make sure you get your Lady Violet fix now.

Update 3/3: You guys, Maggie Smith may be staying a little while longer after all. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for Milk Publicity has stated that Smith has always been vocal about staying on "for as long as the show runs." All we can say is: Thank goodness.

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