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Watch: Maggie Smith Has Last Laugh in ‘Downton Abbey’ Trailer

Fans of the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey” can now catch a look into the award-winning series’s final season.

The one-minute trailer offers quick glimpses of various residents and workers of the estate, including Jim Carter’s Carson advising Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham that they “must run this place as it should be run.”

Maggie Smith’s fan favorite character, Dowager Countess is also shown doing what she does best: butting heads with constant rival, Penelope Wilton’s Isobel Crawley.

“So you want to protect your power at the expense of the patients?,” Isobel said in the trailer. “I want to protect the patients at the expense of my power.”

“Then may the best man win,” the Dowager challenged.

At the show’s London press launch of the sixth and final season, writer-creator Julian Fellowes talked with Variety about looking back with mixed emotions.

“The characters have been so real to me for six years. So I do think you have a little sadness,” Fellowes said. “You do feel rather sorry to say goodbye to these people because I’ve enjoyed the creation. I’m sorry to see them go. I’m very unlikely to be involved in anything that is as successful again and so, of course, I say goodbye to these golden years with a slight pang. But it seems the right time to go while we’re still firing.”

Smith also spoke of her emotions of reaching the end of the show.

“I’m just surprised that I got to the end because just before this I’d done about 10 years with ‘Harry Potter,’” Smith said. “So I felt very old indeed by the time I got to the Dowager. I’m honestly just surprised that I got through it and I’m still here.”

The final season of “Downton Abbey” premieres Jan. 3 on PBS.

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