THE COMPLETE SCRIPTS: SEASON ONE
She sounds strict but of course she isn’t. He looks at her.
WILLIAM: You’re a kind woman, Mrs. Hughes.
MRS. HUGHES: So you’d miss me, when I’m gone?
Is she joking? It’s hard to say.
WILLIAM: I don’t know how this house would run without you. I don’t, truly.
MRS. HUGHES: Stop flannelling and get on. Before I betray you to Mr. Carson.
He goes, but his words have helped her with a decision.
HOW IMPORTANT IS MAGGIE SMITH TO DOWNTON ABBEY?
JULIAN FELLOWES: She would be the hardest to replace. She would be the greatest loss.