back (yay!), and for the last season (sob!). It’s a bittersweet reunion. I’ve got some mixed
feelings. So many interesting story lines were wrapped up last season, and two
of my favorite characters – Tom and Rose – have scooted off to carefree and (presumably)
egalitarian lives in America.
for Lady Edith this season. This girl needs some love!! She can’t even win when
she’s settling. She’s been dissed by her big sister, deceived by a scurrilous scarred
war veteran, left at the altar by a near-senior citizen, scorned for getting a
job, and seduced by her boss—who just happened to be hiding a secret insane
wife (hello, Jane Eyre!). When Edith’s lover tries to get a divorce in Germany,
he’s murdered by fucking 1920’s Hitler! Can’t a girl catch a break? No! She’s
pregnant. After giving the baby to a nice tenant farmer family, she can’t stay
away. The farmer’s wife flips out, convinced Edith is sleeping with her (come
on, he’s not so great a prize) husband. Currently Edith owns and runs her
former fiancé’s newspaper empire, and Ep 1 has her on the phone with her passive-aggressive
dick of an editor, who can’t handle having a female boss. My advice? Move to
London, Edith! Yesterday! Fire the dick editor! Knock some heads together! Get yourself
some of that Roaring Twenties sexual freedom!
My hopes for
Lady Edith aside, the prize for best story line in Season 6, Ep 1? Hands down
it’s nervous bride Mrs. Hughes, who sends flighty cook Mrs. Patmore to broach the
delicate subject of marital sex expectations with Mr. Carson!
Oh. My. God.
to know if you’d expect her to do her…ahem…wifely duty?”
course, I’d expect any good wife would want to do her wifely d—OH! THAT DUTY!”
subsequent soliloquy on the merits of his beloved Mrs. Hughes was very, very
proper, and very, very touching. And that’s why we all love Downton.
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